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Sulphur or Sulfur For Rosacea

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Sulphur or Sulfur* has been used to treat rosacea for over a hundred years. One patient with 'rosy drops' "was ordered Aug. 6, 1878, a mixture containing sulphate of iron and sulphate of magnesia, and for local application an ointment of sulphur, four parts, cosmoline, ninety-two parts. This was followed by rapid improvement, and when seen again on Sept. 17, all trace of the eruption had disappeared, and she felt much stronger and better." [1]

"Sulfur acts as a keratolytic agent and also it has antibacterial activity. It also kills fungi, scabies mites, and other parasites. Precipitated sulfur and colloidal sulfur are used, in form of lotions, creams, powders, soaps, and bath additives, for the treatment of acne vulgaris, acne rosacea, and seborrhoeic dermatitis." [2]

"Sulfur is a chemical element that is present in all living tissues. The most commonly used form of pharmaceutical sulfur is Octasulfur. After calcium and phosphorus, it is the third most abundant mineral in the human body. Sulfur is also found in garlic, onions and broccoli." [2]

"Sulfur is converted to hydrogen sulfide (H2S) through reduction, partly by bacteria. H2S has a lethal action on bacteria (possibly including Propionibacterium acnes) which plays a role in acne, fungi, and parasites such as scabies mites. Sulfur acts as a keratolytic agent and also it has antibacterial activity. It also kills fungi, scabies mites and other parasites. Precipitated sulfur and colloidal sulfur are used, in form of lotions, creams, powders, soaps, and bath additives, for the treatment of acne vulgaris, acne rosacea, and seborrhoeic dermatitis." [2]

"Sulfur is the tenth most common element by mass in the universe, and the fifth most common on Earth." [3]

"Sulfur is the third most abundant chemical in the human body. The element is also found in a number of foods such as garlic, onions, eggs, and protein-rich foods. Sulfur is necessary for the synthesis of the essential amino acids cysteine and methionine." [4]

Sulfur is available in non prescription and prescription [5] treatments.

"Sulfur helps dry out the surface of your skin to help absorb excess oil (sebum) that may contribute to acne breakouts. It also dries out dead skin cells to help unclog your pores." [6] If you suffer from Dry Skin (Xeroderma) using sulfur exacerbates this issue.

Sublimed sulfur is sulfur that has been purified through sublimation and is contained in the ZZ cream

Prescription
Some of the prescription sulfur treatments are: 

Avar-e Green,
Avar-e Emollient Creams for Moisturizing,
Avar, Plexion, Plexion SCT, Plexion TS, Rosanil, Rosac, Rosula, Rosula NS

Non Prescription
The RRDi affiliate store has numerous sulfur treatments below:

One of the RRDi's sponsors, Demodex Solutions, offers a treatment with sublimed sulfur, the ZZ cream.

3 PACK- 10%Sulfur & Ointment + (2) 10% Sulfur Soap,
Amazing Formulas OptiMSM,
Ancient Minerals Magnesium Gel Ultra with OptiMSM,
Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil Ultra with OptiMSM,
Clearogen Acne Lotion -Sulfur
De La Cruz 10% SULPHUR OINTMENT,
Gold Standard Organic Sulfur Crystals
Sulfur Butter, Dr. Berry's Multi-Purpose Mite Cream
Dr. Berry's Multi-Purpose Sulfur Creme
Dr. Berry's Starter Sulfur PackZudiafu Soap
Mite-B-Gone 10% Sulfur Cream,
Mitesil MultipurposeSulfur CreamOvante Scabiesun
Mite S Pack - Sulphur Wash, Cream, Ointments & Essential Oils Kit,
PC NetwoRx Pure OptiMSM,
Rugby Zinc Oxide Ointment,
San Marcus 10% Sulfur  Ointment + (2) 10% Sulfur Soap (3 PACK)
Scabisil Topical 10% Sulfur & Ointment
Sulphur Soap (4 bars) by Braunfels Labs,
Sunfood MSM Aloe Gel, 15% OptiMSM,
Sunfood MSM Lotion/Cream with 12% OptiMSM,
Yiganerjing Sulfur Soap,
Zudaifu Soap,
Zudaifu Sulphur Soap 3 Pack,
Zudaifu Soap 6 Pack,

Footnotes 

*Sulfur sample image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

"Sulphur is an alternative spelling of the same word used in British English....In American English, sulfur has become standard." Sulfur or Sulphur: What’s the Difference?, Writing Explained

"Brimstone, an archaic term synonymous with sulfur, evokes the acrid odor of sulphur dioxide given off by lightning strikes." Wikipedia

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Smoke rising from a volcano, which the phrase "fire and brimstone" is intended to evoke. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

End Notes

[1] Gastrointestinal Rosacea [GR], aka, Gut Rosacea

[2] Sulfur, DrugBank

[3] Sulfur, Wikipedia

[4] The Health Benefits of Sulfur, Cathy Wong, VeryWellHealth, states in her article that sulfur is "the third most abundant chemical in the human body", however, Wikipedia lists sulfur way down on its list of the Composition of the human body, showing that sulfur only comprises 0.3% of body mass. 

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image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

[5] Cutis. 2004 Jan;73(1 Suppl):29-33.
Evaluating the role of topical therapies in the management of rosacea: focus on combination sodium sulfacetamide and sulfur formulations.
Del Rosso JQ

[6] Can You Use Sulfur for Acne Spots and Scars?, Healthline

 

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