What is DMSO? 

You are probably wondering what exactly DMSO is, its uses, effectiveness and possible side effects. Let’s dive right in, and get the “BIG” words out of the way. DMSO or Dimethyl Sulfoxide having a CAS Number of 67-68-5 is a highly polar aprotic solvent that has a number of interesting uses.

DMSO increases the absorption kinetics of many different compounds through the epidermis into the dermis. This characteristic of DMSO is taken advantage of for transdermal drug delivery.
The FDA has cleared DMSO for use in relieving interstitial cystitis.

DMSO rose to fame due to its ability to easily pass through the skin and other biological membranes. It’s a sulfur-based compound that may have more even more uses to be discovered.