All of us have heard the name of sulphur as a compound many times but many of us don’t know the wide applications and usage of sulphur in industries and many other places. Apart from having extensive applications in the agriculture industry, Sulphur is widely used in Dermatology and in this article, we will be discussing the applications and usage of sulphur in Dermatology. It is a lesser known fact that sulphur has antibacterial, antifungal as well as keratolytic properties which makes it one of the best medicines to treat various dermatological disorders. Also, the topically applied sulphur has very less or almost no reactions or side effects which is why it is considered extremely safe to use and apply.
Sulphur has already been widely used in treating dermatological disorders like acne vulgaris, rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, dandruff, pityriasis versicolor, scabies, and warts since a long time but in modern day dermatology, sulphur has been combined with agents like Sodium sulfacetamide and salicylic acid which has proven wonders in advanced dermatological disorders.
Sulphur for hair growth
Sulphur has always been considered extremely vital for hair growth and has been used widely to treat baldness and hair fall in both men and women. People in villages have been using mashed onion or onion oil to apply on bald skin to treat baldness. Onion actually has sulphur in it and when applied on hair, thickens it and prevents hair fall. Apart from that sulphur is known to naturally increase hair growth and increase volume of hair by opening the pores of the skin and removing the dead cells which is why it is used to treat baldness as well. Each and every medicine used in dermatology for hair treatment definitely has some composition of Sulphur in them.
Human hair is made up of a protein called Keratin which has high sulphur content in it. The strength and the elasticity we get on our hair is because of Keratin and ultimately sulphur. Dermatologists across the world suggest eating food like Beef, fish, eggs, garlic, onion, Broccoli, Cauliflowers etc for healthy hair and each one of them have high sulphur content.
Sulphur for treating Acne
One of the most beneficial applications of Sulphur is successfully treating acne vulgaris. Sulphur has been used topically by many dermatologists in treating acne which has given successful results as it has immense antimicrobial and antifungal properties. It is so commonly used in acne treatment that many people instead of going to the dermatologists, go directly to pharmacy stores and purchase sulphur rich medicines to treat their acne themselves.
Sulphur mainly works similarly like Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide when it comes to treating acne topically but these agents are hard on your skin unlike sulphur which is very mild and gentle on your skin and does not cause any irritation or skin burning. The major reason for acne is the oil skin where your skin sheds oil continuously which causes acne. When sulphur is applied on the skin, it absorbs the extra oil present on the skin hence drying out the surface. It also dries out the dead cells of your skin and helps to unclog the skin pores.
Sulphur works miraculously well on the acne which is caused due to excess oil on skin and dead skin cells which include milder forms of acne like whiteheads and blackheads. Sulphur is considered to be the best remedy for treating these acne especially if you have a soft and sensitive skin as Salicylic acid is hard on the skin and causes irritation and burning sensations.