If you have been paying attention, you will know that sulphur smells.
Some compare the scent to rotten eggs whilst some say it smells like a burning match and some people have even said it smells like the entrance to Hades (ok, we made that last one up.)
Whatever it smells like we don’t care because sulphur is a little miracle when it comes to keeping our skin clean and we’re going to tell you a little bit more about how that happens so quiet down at the back and listen up.
Sulphur is an essential mineral that plays a crucial role in the health of connective tissues, as well as skin, bones, teeth, hair and muscles. It is a vital mineral which we all need in our bodies; when you have enough sulphur in your body, your skin and hair are more flexible, softer and smoother. Collagen production in your body depends on sulphur to create healthy skin and heal scars. This is by no means a new discovery, sulphur has been used to treat acne and other kinds of skin inflammation for thousands of years.
Sulphur is what’s known as a keratolytic. When applied, a keratolytic dries the skin and makes for a thinner epidermis. A spot occurs when your pore is blocked, trapping oil and bacteria therefore causing inflammation and infection.
Sulphur helps the skin shed more quickly which unclogs the pore and contributes to healing the skin.
Along with its ability to regulate the shedding of your skin, sulphur also has antimicrobial qualities. This means that sulphur can kill the acne-causing bacteria trapped within your pores by helping to open the pore and minimise the bacteria inside.
Another common usage for sulphur is to alleviate symptoms associated with psoriasis, eczema and folliculitis. Many doctors will prescribe sulphur baths for these conditions
Psoriasis is a chronic and obstinate skin disease that got its name from the Greek word meaning, “itch.” In psoriasis, the skin becomes inflamed and red eruptions appear on the surface of the skin that begin to itch excessively. These areas form thickened areas (plaques) that are covered with silvery scales over the reddened lesions.
Topical products containing sulphur have been effective in penetrating these plaques of dry, thickened layers of skin and supporting dermal balance through oxidation.
The oxidative action of sulphur acts on the superficial layers of the skin to penetrate and stimulate micro-exfoliation while normalising the skin’s pH. Sulphur compounds support protein biosynthesis in the epithelial layer which is critical to the skin’s growth and function.
The curative properties of sulphur are attributed to the fact that sulphur:
• Has inflammation-reducing properties and the ability to improve the circulation of bodily fluids.
• Stimulates the secretion of bile which is necessary for the proper breakdown (metabolism) of toxic substances.
• Stimulates collagen formation, making the skin structurally stronger and well equipped to handle short intervals of dryness.
So now you know a little more about sulphur and how it works its magic on your skin whether it be fighting acne, soothing irritation from dermatitis or helping slough through the thickened plaques of skin caused by psoriasis.
Class dismissed, I’m off to the staffroom for a biscuit.