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How does topical sulfur work to treat skin conditions?

When applied to the skin, sulfur causes skin drying and peeling to help treat various skin conditions. Because sulfur helps to remove layers of the skin, it allows you to remove excess dirt and oil that builds up on your skin and can lead to conditions, including acne. Sulfur also kills bacteria on the skin's surface, reducing acne breakouts. It also can reduce itching and irritation to help relieve other skin conditions, such as scabies or seborrheic dermatitis. Sulfur is typically used one to three times per day to treat skin conditions, with effects noticed within several weeks.

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