In dermatology a “natural reducing agent” is a substance found in nature able to alleviate some skin conditions by reducing inflammation and dysfunctional skin turnover and it is considered a valid alternative to cortisone. The most used natural reducing agents are: coal tar, Ichthyol Sulfonate, Salicylic Acid and Colloidal Sulfur.
Ichthyol Sulfonate: what is it and what are its properties
Ichthyol Sulfonate, not to confuse with Ichthammol (used to resolve abscesses), derives for marine sediments trapped in rocks and has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and healing properties.
Is not a tar and therefore free of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) that are the toxic ingredients of tar.
Contrary to tar, Ichthyol Sulfonate is soluble in water and is not a photosensitizing substance, meaning it does not make the skin more sensitive to light (a problem for many anti-inflammatory drugs).
Ichthyol sulfonate is extracted from the shale oils, sedimentary rocks of the Mesozoic time. The origins of the shale oils are dated to 200 million year ago by process of the sedimentation of phytoplankton (microorganisms living in the ocean) as a result of the receding of the ocean waters.
In some fossil sites in Tyrol and the French Jura region there are Sulfur rich (up to 13%) shale sediments making them a great source of Ichthyol sulfonate.
Most Dermictiol Cream
The MOST research has formulated MOST Dermictiol Cream with pharmaceutical grade Ichthyol Sulfonate with anti-inflammatory properties for Atopic Dermatitis, Dyshidrosis, Psoriasis and Acne Rosacea.
The vanishing (absorbs well without leaving greasy residues) property increase the ease of application and absorption making the cream more effective when fighting itching and inflammation.
Does not contain cortisone, petroleum derivatives or other toxic ingredients and it’s a safe alternative to steroidal treatment for reducing action.