Sulphur Treatment for Rosacea

Rosacea is a skin condition that affects the facial skin, creating redness and a dry and stinging sensation on the face. There is no cure for rosacea, but various treatments can reduce your rosacea flare-ups. One such treatment is sulphur cream.

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Before beginning treatment with sulphur, you need to be sure that you are in fact suffering from rosacea. If you notice redness on your forehead, chin, nose or cheeks it is likely that you have rosacea. This is a more common malady in adults. Rosacea patches tend to be dry and flaky. Always consult with your physician before applying any treatment to what you believe to be rosacea. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to treat your rosacea flare-ups, but you can also use sulphur cream as part of your treatment.

Sulphur Cream

According to, sulphur-based topical creams help to reduce oily skin as well as the redness that rosacea causes. Sulphur is an essential requirement for the body's proper functioning and it assists in cell regeneration. According to DermaDoctor, a mixture of 3 per cent sulphur and prescription desonide cream is effective at treating rosacea. If you use a cream with a steroid like desonide in it, be careful to use it only for limited periods of time; overuse can cause thinning of the skin. An alternative sulphur cream incorporates sulphur, an antibiotic and topical sulfa (not related to sulphur) and is effective at unplugging clogged pores and reducing inflammation. Wash and clean your face, then apply a thin layer of the sulphur cream to the affected areas each night before bed.

Additional Tips

In addition to including sulphur cream in your daily treatment of rosacea, you should also control your diet, which greatly affects rosacea flare-ups. Avoid refined sugars, consume higher amounts of protein and eat frequent small meals throughout the day. Caffeine-containing foods and drinks only worsen rosacea, so avoid them and find alternative energy sources. Do not consume alcohol, avoid spas, avoid spicy foods, and protect your skin from cold, dry weather.

More importantly, if you suffer from rosacea do not use cosmetics or creams that tend to clog your pores. You can help to speed the healing process of rosacea if you do not consume tobacco products or use ant-inflammatory medications. Be sure to avoid sun damage by wearing a hat and regularly applying non-comedogenic sunscreen if you are in the sun.

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