Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask
Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask contains 10% sulfur, a potent disinfectant that can help with acne, but with the tradeoff of being far too drying. And in truth, sulfur isn't considered a very effective treatment for any type of acne and there's no research showing it improves clogged pores.
This mask contains an interesting mix of plant extracts, most of which bring soothing benefits, along with clay (bentonite) to absorb oil and 4% niacinamide—an amount that plays a role in improving acne-prone skin, but would be better utilized in a leave-on product. Sunday Riley mentions this mask can be left on overnight if needed, but leaving 10% sulfur on skin for several hours just isn't a good idea.
You're also getting tea tree oil, which likely kicks in some antibacterial action, although the sulfur does quite a bit of that on its own!
Ultimately this mask is well-intentioned and could certainly be of benefit for those with acne (but not clogged pores). It's just that there are gentler ways to go about battling breakouts, such as daily use of products that contain benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. You'll find them on our list of Best Acne Treatments.
- Sulfur is a potent disinfectant.
- Contains an interesting mix of plant extracts.
- The level of niacinamide can help reduce acne.
- Tea tree oil provides antibacterial support.
- Sulfur can be needlessly drying for all skin types.
- On the expensive side for a rinse-off acne product.
- Acne, clogged pore, and rosacea claims are overstated.
Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask contains maximum levels of sulfur to penetrate pores to dry and clear up existing acne while preventing new blemishes from forming. It treats multiple forms of acne, including blocked, congested pores, inflammatory acne, hormonal acne, and acne rosacea. Four percent niacinamide promotes clear skin, while boosting skin's healthy-looking radiance. Zinc PCA and bentonite clay help to clear impurities, reduce excess oil, and soothe the appearance of surface redness, without over-drying. Highly potent tea tree oil, standardized for high levels of terpinen-4-ol, partnered with manuka oil, purify the skin for a smooth and clear complexion after each use.
Sunday Riley is a brand that has captured the attention of many with its mix of luxury-positioned skincare products and its ties to today's top fashion designers. This coupling, plus the brand's cult-like status among beauty editors, has led many of our readers to ask us whether Sunday Riley products are deserving of the hype. The answer: Yes and no.
Often noted in Sunday Riley's products is the NV-5 Ageless Complex. Despite the number 5 in this trade name, the complex contains a mix of seven plant ingredients: prickly pear extract, blue agave, lady's slipper orchid extract, opuntia tuna fruit, cactus extract, aloe, and a type of yeast extract (Saccharomyces cerevisiae).
We explored the research on each of the ingredients in the NV-5 Ageless Complex. While all of them have some benefit for skin, they're not ingredients that have comparative benefit to long established ingredients such as retinol, vitamin C, and niacinamide, for example.
This brand has some intriguing products and many of them contain beneficial ingredients that are packaged to maintain their effectiveness, but there are a few missteps in terms of highly fragrant formulas. Even the highly rated products are on the pricey side for what you get, but at least if you choose to indulge you'll know which products are worth buying.
Sunday Riley products are available at several online retailers, as well as at Sephora stores.
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