The Use of Sulfur for Skin as Well as Antifungal Care

Sulfur has long been used by dermatologists because it possesses antifungal, antibacterial and keratolytic properties. It has been widely used to treat disorders such as acne vulgaris, rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, dandruff, pityriasis versicolor, scabies and even warts. Many products containing sulfur are available commercially online and in drugstores.

Sulfur-Based Products

Sulfur, a yellow, non-metallic element, possesses medicinal properties, making it useful in treating many skin conditions. For nearly 70 years, sulfur has been used as a therapeutic agent, according to the "Journal of Drugs in Dermatology." Adverse reactions due to using topically applied sulfur are rare. When reactions occur, they are mainly mild and occur at the site of application. Although the exact mechanism of how sulfur works is unknown, it is believed to help in part by breaking down keratin, by being toxic to fungi and by inhibiting the growth of acne.

Sulfa-Derm is a product available online made from pure volcanic sulfur 2. It claims to help acne within a 24-hour period. It also claims to help bacterial infections, bedsores, dermatitis, eczema, and fungus and yeast problems, as well as psoriasis-type issues, rashes, ringworm and even wounds that have difficulty healing.

Its primary ingredient comes from volcanic ash. Additional ingredients include zinc oxide, aloe vera, tea tree oil and vitamin E. Tea tree oil also is an antifungal agent.

Another product available online that contains sulfur is Saprox. This product is 100 percent natural clay containing natural sulfur along with other minerals, humic acids, plant sterols, essential oils and additional organic substances. Saprox's help derives from preventing and inhibiting the growth of fungus and yeast. Its use is not recommended on open sores or wounds. But the product claims to work on many fungal infections, including athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm and toenail fungus.

For treating acne and other skin conditions, you can try sulfur soaps, available at most drugstores.