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The Dangers in Using Sulphur cream

Updated on November 18, 2015

Using Sulphur Cream

What is Sulphur?

Just like in the fitness world, there are some people who are blessed with superior genetics and do not have to work as hard as others to develop muscles or to maintain them. This also stands true with other characteristics of the body as well. There are some people that are just born with clear, beautiful, blemish free skin and then there are those other people that draw the short end of the genetic stick so to speak and always seem to have bad skin/acne problems. That's just the way it is and that it is something that will never change. Everybody is different. There are several environmental and hereditary factors that will determine your skin type and it's sensitivity/allergies to different things that it comes into contact with or is exposed too over time. Just like everyone's body is different, everybody's skin is different as well. There are numerous skin conditions/ailments that can affect your skin. Sulphur ointment (precipitated sulphur can also come in different forms other than ointment) is one of the things used to combat many of these skin disorders because of it's antibacterial agents that impede bacteria growth on the skin. However, caution must be used when using sulphur ointment as there are dangers that may come with the use of sulphur.

Acne can be Treated with Sulphur Products

Brand Sulphur Ointment

Sulphur comes in a Variety of Different Forms

The Sulphur ointment is always topical and has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It exfoliates the skin (the anti-fungal properties and skin exfoliation is what makes it so effective for so many different types of skin conditions) and primarily is used for the treatment of skin disorders like scabies, acne, eczema, rosacea and seborrheic dermatitus because of it's ability to unblock pores, prevent the blockage from reoccurring and lowers the oiliness of the skin. Sulphur cream has also been used in some conditions of dogs. Sulphur can come in the form of creams, soaps, liquids, and ointments. Most ointments will contain different levels of sulphur in them. The levels being dependent on the seriousness and type of skin condition that it is being used to fight. Some of the higher levels will require a prescription from a doctor/physician in order for you to obtain them and some others can be easily bought right over the counter at your neighborhood drug store or supermarket. Only a health care professional can determine a safe level of sulphur for your type of skin.

Sulphur Soap

Origins of Sulphur

Sulphur is a non metallic element normally found in volcanic regions of the world and has been recognized for thousands of years. It is not known exactly when sulphur was actually discovered. The Bible suggests that sulphur was used back in ancient times. It has also been said the Egyptians used sulphur for medicinal purposes back in those times as well. Your skin may be tough enough to endure exposure to sulphur, however it is usually the other substances mixed in/added to the ointment that may cause adverse reactions in the skin. One of the benefits of Sulphur (if there are no initial negative reactions to it when used), is that it can be used for an extended period of time or even indefinitely without any real health related risks.

It can only be applied on top of the skin and should never be used on your eyes or digested. As stated previously, sulphur comes in many forms including different types of lotions, but you should never use any type of sulphur based product on cuts, wounds or broken skin. This will only perpetuate the skins irritated condition and more than likely make it worse. If sulphur is ever swallowed accidentally, you should contact a health care professional or poison control center immediately.

Just like with any other thing in life, too much of anything is more than likely going to have some negative affects on you. You obviously should not use creams, lotions, or ointments containing sulphur if you are allergic to it. You should also check with your health care professional prior to using sulphur if your allergic to some other medications as well. Several side effects are associated with it such as drying or peeling of the skin, redness, irritation and skin discoloration. There are a few serious side affects that have also been associated with Sulphur such as rashes, dizziness, swelling, and itching. Studies have shown that the severe occurrences are extremely rare. Just to be on the safe side, you should consult a dermatologist to determine which prescribed sulphur ointment is best for you.


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      6 years ago

      Ppl r using sulfur as facial lotion 2 hav lighter skin colour,how tru is that?


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