Methyl Sulphonyl Methane: mineral sulphur for skin

I started taking note of Methyl Sulphonyl Methane (MSM) in my skincare products when a regular reader by the name of Zinat mentioned it on the Viva Woman Facebook Page. It so happened it was one of the ingredients in The Pure Natural Skincare by the Green People Corporation I was trying out during that period. Subsequently, my interest in the ingredient was further piqued when I found it’s a key ingredient used in the OSKIA range that Bud Cosmetics brought into Singapore recently.

Bio-available form of sulphur
According to information on the OSKIA website, Raw Gaia, and University of Maryland Medical Center, MSM is the purest and most bio-available form of sulphur, and one of the essential minerals crucial to life and the regeneration of cells. Other than being found mostly near hot springs and volcanic craters, it is present in a variety of foods including raw vegetables, eggs, milk and fish, but is lost through cooking and food processing.

Beneficial for skin, hair & nails
MSM has traditionally been taken as a food supplement to increase joint health as it is an essential component in the formation of collagen, elastin, cartilage and keratin. Hence, the ingredient can provide benefits not only to muscles, bones, joints, internal membranes but also the skin, hair and nails. That is why it has been known for centuries as the “health and beauty” mineral.

Topical benefits
Topical usage of MSM is relatively new and can apparently benefit all skin types and ages. It is known to have been highly effective in the treatment of sensitive and problematic skin conditions including acne, rosacea, dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis, and helps keep skin healthy and strong to guard against premature ageing Topical application of MSM has also been shown to help wounds heal quickly, without scarring. This is probably why sulfur baths are often promoted as being good for our skin.

Here’s a summary of the skin benefits of using MSM:
– Protecting the skin from free radicals.
– Supporting the production of collagen and elastin.
– Protecting collagen against collagen degrading enzymes.
– Acting as an anti-inflammatory agent.
– Promoting the regeneration of healthy skin.
– Keeping skin feeling firm, smooth, soft, supple and elastic.
– Helping visibly reduce the signs of premature ageing and skin damage.
– Maintaining skin cell membrane flexibility to help keep skin clear.

Keen to try the supplement
While I had found some benefits in using The Pure Natural Skincare by the Green People Corporation on my skin, it’s hard to tell how MSM had contributed to those benefits. Perhaps the OSKIA’s products will be more telling as MSM is one of the key nutrients across their range and I’ve been testing some of the samples. However, it’s a bit too early to report the results but I’m kind of keen to check out the MSM supplements as well because it seems that some users who have taken them were reporting of faster hair growth. So are any of you familiar with this ingredient in your skincare products or are you taking MSM orally? If so, do tell us your experience with the ingredient.


  1. xx says:

    I recently began taking MSM powder orally. I experienced some mild headaches, which is a very common side effect, because it is apparently detoxifying your body. Some people get severe headaches if starting out at too high of a dosage, which is why I started out with only 1 gram/day. I experienced no skin or hair changes yet.

  2. sesame says:

    Ah…that’s from detox! Funnily, when I last detoxed, I didn’t experience this so I wonder if I’ll experience the same if I try it. Thanks for sharing your experience…I will read more and make a decision soon. ?

  3. Swati says:

    sulphur is definitely amazing for skin and hair but didn’t know that it was available in this form too…will keep a look out now ?
    Swati last post is: Omved Intense Moisturizing Cream {Product Review}

  4. sesame says:

    This is pretty new to me too. ?

  5. Diane says:

    Till I read your article, I didn’t realize that I already had a product that had msm (below link). My friend used it for her son who had eczema while I used it on my scalp to soothe ichiness. I also didn’t realize it was the same msm that is in the joint supplements (along with glucosamine & chondroitin) . Thanks!!!!

  6. sesame says:

    Oh wow, the product looks interesting!

  7. priti says:

    Where can I buy msm supplements from
    natural sources

  8. priti says:

    Where in Singapore can I buy msm supplements from
    natural sources.

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