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​MSM cream for pain: will it work?

​MSM cream for pain: will it work?

14th Apr 2020

Many people take MSM for pain relief, primarily for rheumatoid arthritis, ostheoarthritis, goat, interstitial cystitis, skin inflammation, and exercise related muscle pain. MSM also alleviates markers of oxidative stress and muscle damage.

According to the Arthritis Foundation: “MSM is an organic sulfur compound. Sulfur is needed to form connective tissue. MSM also seems to act as an analgesic by lessening nerve impulses that transmit pain.”

Rosacea pain

Rosacea is a skin disorder, often characterized by pain, inflammation, and even enlarged pores. The skin flares up and can feel like an intense permanent sunburn. This disorder is often triggered by food, weather, stress, and allergies. The causes are unknown, although it does start when blood vessels dilate, followed by increased blood which causes the skin to appear flushed. It occurs out of the blue for many people, commonly starting in their 20s, even more common in 40s, 50s, and 60s.

Since MSM is ideal for dealing with inflammation, it is a great tool for fighting Rosacea related pain. According to the National Rosacea Society, 93% of 1,709 rosacea patients suffered from pain or discomfort. MSM dampens inflammatory molecules. Click our article on Rosacea and MSM here to read about the significant improvement found in 46 study participants suffering from Rosacea.

MSM is made of Sulphur, which is in every cell of the human body that helps boost collagen and elastin. Not only this, it encourages the body to reproduce healthier skin cells, which in turn boosts complexion. This in turns eases pain caused by rosacea, treating the symptom (swelling, inflammation,) while also encouraging new and healthier skin cells to reproduce, which means less inflammation to occur. 

MSM, acting as an antioxidant, is able to blunt tissue damage and the resulting inflammation and, as a consequence, prevent leukocyte apoptosis.

Gout and general arthritis

Gout is defined as some form of arthritis followed by severe pain, redness, and tenderness in joints. The joint most commonly involved in gout is the first metatarsophalangeal joint (the big toe), and is called podagra. Any joint may be involved in a gout attack (and it may be more than one) with the most frequent sites being in the feet, ankles, knees, and elbows.

"At summer camp someone crashed an ATV onto my foot, the pain is identical to the description of gout. I've had this pain since 2015. If I lift my big toe a half inch off the ground, sharp pain. Sometimes it would flare. I had never heard of MSM. I applied the extra strength twice- I haven't felt the pain in days. It was really weird when I noticed the lack of pain. I tested this even further by lifting just my big toe 20 times above the ground. It completly worked" - Derek

Taking MSM will reduce the inflammation, boost the collagen production to repair of joint cartilage. MSM helps with this kind of pain, not because it is an anti pain agent, but because it treats general causes of these pains.

Muscle pain

Muscle damage occurs from exhaustive workouts. In this study, 18 people participated in exercercise, some having taken MSM, some not; the participants did not know who had which. The study concludes that after 10 days, MSM reduced muscle damage via effect on antioxidant capacity. MSM is deeply penetrating, so if logic is linear, if MSM can help with gout, it is capable of reaching muscle. 

To experiment with MSM, try out our 2.5 oz bottle here

8 oz jar- extra strength MSM here

Value pack- 3 8 oz extra strength MSM jars here