Historically known as brimstone, sulfur is a powerful natural mineral that is essential to physical health. It is naturally found abundantly in keratin, which is a protein that strengthens skin, hair and nails. Sulfur is sometimes known as “nature’s beauty mineral” or “healing mineral” because it actively functions in the production of collagen, a protein that helps keep skin elastic and healthy. It also promotes circulation, decreases inflammation and stimulates the body’s natural healing powers.
A type of bar cleanser, most sulfur soaps have a 10% sulfur content. The rest of the ingredients are a combination of fragrance and a neutral soap base. Soaps that contain sulfur are used to treat common skin conditions; in addition, they have antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties. Sulfur has been used to treat skin problems for centuries and still remains a valuable constituent of problem skin care ingredients.
Treatment of Acne, Whiteheads and Other Blemishes
Sulfur is an effective and popular treatment of inflammatory pimples, and is one of the oldest known acne treatments. Sulfur causes the skin to dry and peel, which can be good for skin with acne. For skin prone to whiteheads and other blemishes, sulfur helps reduce skin oiliness and prevents the formation of blocked pores.
Treatment of Seborrheic Dermatitis
Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin condition that causes the skin to have a red, greasy, scaly and/or flaky appearance. It often occurs on the face and hairline, central chest and armpits. It is caused by an overgrowth of fungus on the skin. Sulfur soap decreases the amount of fungus in each of these problematic areas.
Treatment of Scabies
Scabies is a disease caused by microscopic mites that burrow under the skin. This causes rashes and uncomfortable itching. Sulfur is toxic to these mites, which makes sulfur soap an affordable and effective treatment. Further, its continued use can heal the scabies within six weeks of regular use.
Rosacea is a chronic disorder of the facial skin. It is characterized by flare-ups and remissions, and is commonly found as redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that often comes and goes. Rosacea also occurs on the neck, chest, scalp or ears. Over time, the redness can deepen in color and become more persistent; in addition, blood vessels may become visible beneath the skin. Unfortunately, there is no cure for rosacea, but sulfur soap can help control some of its signs and symptoms.
References and ResourcesMayo Clinic: Sulfur (Topical Route)
Diet-and-Health: Medical Uses for Sulfur
WebMD: Salicylic Acid-Sulfur Soap Top