The Use of Sulfur in Dermatology
July 2004 | Volume 3 | Issue 4 | Original Article | 427 | Copyright © July 2004
Aditya K Gupta MD PhD FRCP(C), Karyn Nicol HBMSc
Sulfur has antifungal, antibacterial, and keratolytic activity. In the past, its use was widespread in dermatological disorders such as
acne vulgaris, rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, dandruff, pityriasis versicolor, scabies, and warts. Adverse events associated with topically
applied sulfur are rare and mainly involve mild application site reactions. Sulfur, used alone or in combination with agents such
as sodium sulfacetamide or salicylic acid, has demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of many dermatological conditions.