Ultra-cheap Sulfur Ointment helps clear my acne!

by Bionic Beauty on 07.Sep.2010 · 33 comments

Don’t you just love finding a gem in the rough? I do! My “gem” finding is usually a great indie beauty find, or something for my skin that works SO well that I shout it from the rooftops.

Two months ago, I spotted a bright yellow jar in the herbals section during my weekly Walgreens haunting. There were actually a few jars there that looked intriguing, but the one I snagged is “De La Cruz’s Sulfur Ointment“.

Bionic Beauty blog review - De La Cruz Sulfur Ointment to treat and clear acne

It's awesome for acne, trust me!!

Bionic Beauty blog review - De La Cruz Sulfur Ointment to treat and clear acne

It was less than five bucks for a tub that will last me at least a few years. I’ve been dabbing it on potential breakouts and current pimples now for over six weeks and the stuff is a miracle. It feels a bit goopy at first, apply it sparingly – trust me… a little goes a LONG way. I notice a very, very slight sulfur smell at first, but I’ve had other friends and family do a sniff check and they can’t detect it after even a minute. It works great under makeup, or before bed. Plus if you’re like me and have super-sensitive skin (Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid often make me break out even worse), this frugal find could be just the ticket to clear up your skin.

I’ve bought a few bottles for friends and family – everyone is having great results! Since I am majorly pinching pennies lately, but don’t want my face and skin reverting into a acne-laden nightmare, I’ll definitely keep my Sulfur Ointment on my bedside table. My breakouts have decreased significantly, and if I do get a pimple, it heals in a few days rather than over a week or more.

I’m giving this my full Bionic Buy status! De La Cruz Sulfur OintmentBionic Beauty blog review - De La Cruz Sulfur Ointment to treat and clear acne is only $4.99 for a 3 ounce tub online at Walgreens.com (or if you’re a Floridian, check your actual store aisles).

Ingredients: Sulfur USP 10%, plus a “mixture of polyethylene glycols”

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 kat September 7, 2010 at 11:03 am

sulfur is actually an awesome way of clearing acne! my mom recently gave me a bar of sulfur soap to use on body breakouts (eeek!) and it’s a MIRACLE WORKER. within a few days of using it all of my skin had cleared. the only draw back is the slight smell, but i’m definitely willing to take that for the results! i need to get my hands on this sulfur ointment though, my usual acne treatment is definitely adding up in cost :(


2 Bionic Beauty September 16, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Hi Kat, I’m glad to hear that you’ve had such grand results with the sulfur soap bar! (Read my comments below to Kelly on another option too, for a “body wash” variety.)

Just remember when you go to switch between acne treatments or any skin care treatments, your skin *may* (not always, and not everyone) may need an adjustment period. It’s especially common when switching, or as I call it weaning off of one of the more common acne skincare treatment brands (ProActiv). It can take awhile to get your skin off of their cycle. It has to do with the ingredients they use. If you’d be switching off that, feel free to comment back with more information and I can help you ease the “switching” period. :)

Take care,


3 Kelly C. September 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Interesting! I am almost out of my usual Neutrogena BP spot treatment for day (I use tea tree oil for night), I’ll have to try this out. Thanks!


4 Bionic Beauty September 16, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Hi Kelly, I used to use the Neutrogena BP as well… then suddenly in my mid-twenties (when I started having ovarian cysts and “issues” with my hormone levels) my face ended up super-sensitive to BP. After that I switched to Tea Tree Oil like you, and rotated it with Lexli’s Acne Spot Treatment which also has sulfur, and Mario Badescu’s Buffering Lotion (I LOVE that one too, but it’s a bit pricier and a tad more drying due to one of the main ingredients being alcohol). Let me know if you try the De La Cruz cream, I’d love to hear your results!

I’ve been researching it more and it’s also great for dandruff… which makes sense since one of the main ingredients in dandruff shampoos is sulfur. That’s why I tell my friends if they have any breakouts on their back or body, to pick up some free samples of Head and Shoulders or that Blue brand (I can’t recall the brand name right now). But those both work wonders on your back or chest, etc and they’re affordable too! :)


5 Rachel K September 8, 2010 at 8:25 pm

They’re sold out online, and don’t have it in stores near me :(


6 Bionic Beauty September 8, 2010 at 8:39 pm

They normally restock the websites weekly, so I bet there will be some available again by this weekend. Or at the very least, by mid-week next week. :) If you still can’t find it in a few weeks, email me, or post back here and I’ll work something out with you.

Have a great rest of your week and thanks for being a Bionic Beauty reader!


7 Rachel K September 11, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Yay, I checked today and they’re back in stock!

In order to get my total to $25 so I could get free shipping, I also picked up some CeraVe face wash and moisturizer. I haven’t tried them before, but I’ve heard that they’re really soothing for problem skin.

I can’t wait to try my new goodies! I haven’t been able to get my acne under control since I stopped taking the pill a few months ago, but I haven’t tried anything with sulpher yet!


8 Bionic Beauty September 14, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Excellent news, Rachel! I can’t wait to hear your testing results. Give it a few weeks, of course to adjust to your skin, but you should start to see improvements in the spots/blemishes pretty quick. It even helps when you feel those ones coming in under the surface!

I’ve heard good things about CeraVe too. I’d love to hear your thoughts on that when you try it. You could even email me a “Reader Review” if you want. 😉 (No pressure, I promise!)


9 Bionic Beauty September 14, 2010 at 1:01 pm

If anyone is having a hard time finding the De La Cruz Sulfur Acne Ointment is on Amazon.comDe La Cruz Sulfur Acne Ointment on Amazon.com for only $5.99 a jar!

I hope this helps some of my international and further spaced USA readers!


10 Tashi September 15, 2010 at 9:04 am

I’ll have to check my Walgreen’s up here in the land of Prince for that ointment. If nothing else, maybe I’ll be able to find it online. Money is extremely tight for me (like for many others), so I can’t for sure get it right now. But THANKS, Jami, for the info. Even as a 41-year-old, I still have skin issues, and could always use info helpful in the icky acne battle.


11 Bionic Beauty September 16, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Hey Tashi, Let me know if you can’t find it. If you follow my Amazon link above, there’s also a seller on there with good ratings selling it for $4.99 a bottle. I’m in the same boat as you, with money being tight. That’s why I felt I had to share this wonderful find with everyone. Especially after I gave it a thorough testing on myself, several friends and family members too. 😉


12 Victoria S September 24, 2010 at 9:08 am

I am a Floridian (Orlando), but I haven’t found it at my two closest Walgreens yet :( I hate the idea of having something shipped if it’s unnecessary, so as I go about my usual routine, I’ll stop by other Walgreens if I happen to be near them.


13 Bionic Beauty September 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Hi Victoria, I have seen it at some Kmart stores also over in the ethnic section. You might try looking there too. I did find it in the coastal Central Florida (i.e. Satellite Beach- where I used to live) Walgreens stores. I would bet it depends on the area- just like some Walgreens carry the full line of Milani makeup (which I adore!!) and other stores do not have any. Frustrating, right?

Best of luck in your search!


14 Jess September 24, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I am gonna look for this one for sure! Last week about twenty little annoying bumps appeared on my forehead.. I have no idea what they are but they need to vacate ASAP!


15 Bionic Beauty October 3, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Oi ugh! I had a MAJOR breakout this week due to a new face wash that I was testing for a review on here. Let’s just say, it’s not going to pass the Bionic Beauty test. Ha ha! I have a mix of clogged pores, whiteheads and cystic acne all over my face. Plus my eyes were bloodshot, and my entire face swelled up. It’s definitely an allergic reaction to something – which since this is one of those “All natural” type of face washes, it just goes to show that all natural can be good or bad… and all sorts of bad things are all-natural. While all sorts of good things are derived from all-natural ingredients but are considered manufactured. Then there are things like parabens which are all-natural and people right now are freaking out over them without even realizing that they are not harmful to you – the entire “movement” against parabens was taken from a misinformed document/letter that a lady in the UK wrote up and it spread around without people actually knowing the backstory behind it. Now, people are misinformed and gun-shy over parabens when really they are nothing to worry about. Whew… that was a longer reply than I inteneded. ha ha!

In any case, Jess- I hope your breakout clears up soon! I used the sulfur treatment above for the last two nights and my face has improved dramatically!!


16 Carl January 8, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Hi, I appreciate all your insight on helping get rid of acne. I have heard much about parabens, I’m interested in hearing more about it and your thoughts. Thanks..

as far as the sulfur, what do you think is the best way to put it on? as a spot on? mask? how long should I keep it on for? what do you think about tea tree oil?


17 The Cheap Chick September 25, 2010 at 12:18 pm

I LOVE THIS TIP!!!!! The one time I could afford to see a dermo, he told me that sulfur was one of the top ingredients for killing acne. You can also find it in super-cheap Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Mud Masque. However, I am so scoping out this new stuff, toot sweet :)


18 Bionic Beauty October 3, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Thanks Cheap Chick! I would bet this sulfur cream would be a great mix-in to a face mask too! I think I’ll add some to my weekly clay mask for the next few weeks and see how it goes. Then after testing that out for a bit and getting the proportions correct, I’ll post up a new DIY face mask recipe. 😉

And yep, sulfur is wonderful for acne!! My mom used to have my wash my hair with dandruff shampoo when I was a teen. Just the effects of the suds running down my back and chest helped clear and prevent any breakouts on my body (since dandruff shampoos have sulfur as an active ingredient too!).


19 Chloe September 30, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Victoria S
I just bought some at the Walgrens off of Forest City Road (434) in Orlando. They have a bounch. Can’t wait to see how it works. I also bought the sulfer soap as well. Good luck to you.



20 Bionic Beauty October 3, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Thanks for the location tip Chloe! Next time I’m in central Florida, we should all have a Bionic Beauty meetup someplace!! Which sulfur soap do you prefer to use?


21 Jessica October 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Well my boyfriend tends to have some acne outbreaks here and there, but he is so picky with smell. LOL We will see if he goes for it.

I will propose this idea to him later this evening and see if he goes for it. He also has sensitive skin as one of you mentioned earlier, so that’s another positive angle.



22 Bionic Beauty October 3, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Hi Jessica, I too have VERY sensitive skin so hopefully this cream will work for your boyfriend too. Let me know if he decides to try it.

I have some of my guy friends using this exact sulfur cream now with GREAT success and they don’t mind the scent at all. It’s gotten glowing reviews from all 4 guys that I have had test it for 2 weeks each- and they all have bought their own bottles now too. I had given them a small scoop of mine to test for the first go-round.

Thanks for your comment!


23 mrs. f October 5, 2010 at 9:19 am

hi Jami,
thanks for the tips…I’m desparate for something to help with my cystic acne. I got some of this last night and I’m trying it out. One question for you, though, did you wash the product off your face after ten minutes as the directions suggest?


24 Bionic Beauty October 5, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I usually apply it at night and just leave it on all night. It’s very gentle and seems to be fine with my super-sensitive skin leaving it on like that. All my friends have been using it that way too. If my breakout is especially bad, I will even use it under my makeup, then apply a bit of my day lotion with SPF over top, then top all that with my makeup. Just remember to use only a teensy bit as it’s very creamy and can be spread around easily!

Thanks for your comments and questions, Mrs. F. Welcome to Bionic Beauty and I hope this cream helps your acne. Keep me updated with your results!
Have a super week,


25 Holistically Haute December 26, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Yes, sulfur is a wonderful acne fighter that is less irritant to people who have sensitivities to other conventional acne medications…I would just prefer something without the “mix of polyethylene glycols”…while some of the PEGS are perfectly safe humectant ingredients, some others can be very toxic…some clarification would be helpful.


26 Josie January 10, 2011 at 9:53 pm

This treatment really works. Its unbelievable. I don’t have to go and waste my time at the doctors anymore looking for a solution and spending all that money on all the other products. My acne was absoultely bad and I was so embarassed for anyone to look at me and I tried everything and nothing seemed to work. I saw this little tub at Wal-mart and I told myself I bet it won’t even work, but I checked the reviews before buying it and everyone seemed to give it a thumbs up, so I went for it and in a week all my acne was gone. I would apply it at night time and with a little bit of Loreal moisturizer I applied it to my face as well. I did not rinse off til the morning time. The smell to me isn’t that bad. It smells exactly like the way fireworks smell. Like the powder they use to make the fireworks. I just hate the icky feeling and it gets on my hair, but its worth it, the results. A must buy and for only $3.99 at Wal-mart, compared to $40 I was spending on prescribed medication.


27 Shirl May 17, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Did you ever get a chance to try the sulfur cream mixed with the Aztec Indian Clay mask?


28 Ann June 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I have bought this product and have only used it once. Of course, no results yet but I was wondering when the results kicked in? Also does it remove or fade acne scars?


29 Megan September 3, 2011 at 12:05 am

I found this amazing stuff and its amazing! I found it at Walmart in the soaps with Spanish labels…?
But I have a question…the bottle says to leave it on for 10 mintues…what have you been trying? I didn’t notice that and i left it on all night last night and I smelled sulfur all day but it could just be in my head! :)


30 rob c January 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm

this stuff works great


31 Rachel January 25, 2012 at 9:08 pm

I’m very excited to use this product. I got it in the mail today! I’ve had amazing luck with Grisi Sulfur Soap and my acne so I’m hoping the sulfur ointment will be just as great. Thanks for the review and your tips!


32 Becky July 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm


You mentioned you found the ointment near the herbal section @ Walgreens. What exactly do you mean by the herbal section? Vitamins, skin care?? Walgreens.com showed that my local store had it in stock, so I went and none of the employees knew what I was talking about. I checked the skin care aisle and then in the pharmaceutical aisle. NO LUCK :( Please let me know exactly where to look…:)


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