Sulfur soap is a type of body wash that has numerous health benefits. These benefits can range from treating skin disorders to simply cleaning your body efficiently. Sulfur soap is available in shampoos, lotions, ointments, soaps, creams and gels. Understanding the benefits of sulfur soap is important in determining if using it is the best choice for you.
One of the features of sulfur is that it causes the skin to dry out a bit and peel. When there is acne on your skin, your skin is more moist and oily than normal. Since sulfur dries the skin out, it will help decrease the inflammation of pimples and other blemishes on your skin. Sulfur can also help decrease the appearance of whiteheads on your skin by decreasing the oiliness and preventing pores from becoming blocked.
Features of Sulfur Soap
Sulfur soap products are usually made with a sulfur content of about 10 percent, according to the Mayo Clinic. The rest of the soap is made from a neutral soap base and fragrance, to cover the sulfur odor. Because of sulfur's ability to dry the skin out, it is used to treat any common skin conditions, in addition to having antibacterial and antiseptic benefits.
Scabies occurs when microscopic mites bury themselves under the skin. This causes itching, soreness and rashes. Sulfur is toxic and can kill these mites, which makes the use of sulfur soap an effective way to get rid of scabies.
Seborrheic dermatitis is caused by fungus growing on your skin, which can make your skin greasy, red, flaky and scaly. This skin disease can occur in many place on your body, including your face, chest, armpits and hairline. Sulfur soap helps kill the fungus and remove it, which can help treat the seborrheic dermatitis.
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes redness and blemishes or bumps on the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose. It can also occur on your scalp, chest, neck and ears. The redness becomes more persistent if this disorder is not treated and can become extremely uncomfortable. If left untreated for long periods of time, blood vessels, referred to as spider veins, may become visible. Sulfur soap, with its drying abilities, can help reduce the redness and clear up rosacea bumps that flare up on your skin.
Alan Bass has been writing since 2008. His work focusing on sports topics has appeared in the "Hockey News" and online at Inside Hockey and HockeyBuzz. He received a presidential award from Muhlenberg College for academic and community achievements, in addition to a bachelor's degree in psychology and business. In 2011, he published a book titled "The Great Expansion: The Ultimate Risk That Changed the NHL Forever."