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.