MSM – Curative and Pain Reducing

It’s everywhere. You find MSM on every cosmetic counter, homeopathic pharmacy, and massage therapy shelf. You find it in creams and lotions, just as you have seen it in the promises made by glucosamine chondroitin for years. Miracle drug? Perhaps not. But, users are embracing its curative and pain reducing qualities.


MSM really is everywhere. It is an organic sulfur (Methylsulfonylmethane) found in just about everything organic: animal, plant, and mineral. In fact, it is the only natural ingredient that can penetrate the skin. And, the skin takes it and its values to the bloodstream.

MSM comes in powder form, and it promises relief from arthritic and joint pain when mixed with water or juice. But, the attention here is on the efficacy of lotions and creams containing MSM.

What’s it good for?

Looking good

The University of Maryland Medical Center points out the connection between MSM creams with the skin benefits long attributed to sulfur and mud baths at natural spas. Customers use it with claims of success for treating:

  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Dandruff
  • Warts

Now, given the fact that the lotion will be fully absorbed into the skin, users must understand it will take any other lotion ingredients with it. You are strongly advised to review all ingredients, favoring those of natural origin.

And, because some are allergic to sulfur, they should avoid any use without a doctor’s approval. Allergies and interactions with other medications can produce headaches, dizziness, and skin irritations.

As a topical, MSM works as an anti-inflammatory as it works through skin layers. This soothes and hydrates damaged and mature skin. Without claims to miracle cures for conditions like psoriasis, producers quote customer satisfaction with increased skin elasticity and permeability.

 Feeling good

The sulfur in MSM lotions acts as an analgesic, blocking pain impulses through the nerves. As a proven anti-inflammatory, it promotes the flow of natural steroids like cortisol. As it improves cells permeability, it improves blood flow, metabolism and detoxification. And, as a therapeutic aid at places like Riverside Medical Group, it allows therapists to massage this analgesic effect deep into skin, muscle, tissue, and joints.


Be cautious of claims that MSM “cures” arthritis, but customers report considerable relief of neck, back, and hand pain when MSM is applied and worked into the skin. It works without the heat of other pain analgesics and leaves no greasy feeling.

MSM lotions for skin hydration have emulsions and fragrance appropriate to skin care. But, MSM for pain often is often market in combination with Arnica for treatment of pain associated with:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow
  • Tendonitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Back Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Plantar Fasciitis

The Arnica apparently acts as an anti-inflammatory to ease pain and reduce swelling.

 What’s your takeaway?

The natural ingredient MSM has an ancient reputation for hydrating skin and soothing pain. Modestly priced and liberally applied, it reportedly benefits people complaining of aging skin and chronic pain. Perhaps it’s the therapy and manipulation that is the primary benefit, but millions testify to its curative and pain reducing effects.

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Wendy Dessler

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