Skin problems--Organic sulphur cream
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Sulfur skin cream has been used for skin conditions such as dermatitis, scabies, rosacea, acne, eczema or psoriasis in Ayurveda for thousands of years. Current research also shows sulphur to be helpful with skin problems.
This two-ounce container of skin cream is made with; organic coconut oil, organic cold-pressed virgin olive oil, food-grade sublimated sulphur, beeswax.
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There is a long tradition in Ayurveda using sulphur externally and internally for skin problems. For serious or long-term eczema Ayurveda recomends doing panchakarma first. You can find a description of panchakarma on the Healing page of this site.
Do not apply sulphur cream to infants!
You might also use sulfur topically to help treat warts, pityriasis versicolor or skin discoloration, hair-follicle infections and shingles, says the University of Maryland Medical Center. Sulfur appears to assist in shedding excessive skin and fighting bacteria on the skin, explains the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Topically applied sulfur has mild antifungal and antibacterial activity. It has been suggested that when applied topically to the skin, sulfur forms hydrogen sulfide and/or polythionic acid, which may exert germicidal activity. In vitro studies indicate that sulfur has little if any fungistatic or fungicidal activity. Therefore, sulfur's antifungal activity probably results largely from its keratolytic action, causing shedding of fungal spores and hyphae embedded within the stratum corneum. In vitro, sulfur has been shown to have some antibacterial activity; the drug has a potent inhibitory effect against some streptococci, a moderate inhibitory effect against Staphylococcus aureus, and no activity against gram-negative bacteria. It has been suggested that the drug's antibacterial activity may partly result from inactivation of sulfhydryl groups contained in bacterial enzyme systems, since the antibacterial effect of the drug has reportedly been neutralized by addition of cysteine and other sulfhydryl-containing compounds to the culture medium. Topically applied sulfur is reportedly toxic to the parasitic arthropod Sarcoptes scabiei.
[American Society of Health-System Pharmacists 2011; Drug Information 2011. Bethesda, MD. 2011]