SKIN CARE HELP
How can Harrogate Sulphur Soap help?
Sulphur Soap is not a medical treatment - but can provide relief from symptoms and used in conjunction with medical treatment can be of real benefit to sufferers.
For instance Acne is caused by bacteria that feed on build ups of dead skin cell and oil when your skin glands are overproducing oil. Sulphur cannot stop this process from happening. However, medical advice recommends that you softly and frequently wash infected areas to continually remove the build up of dead cells and oils that lie behind the disease. Some soaps, however, are more beneficial than others – and the power of Sulphur has been known since Roman times, when the first spa was established at Harrogate.
Sulphur is known scientifically as a keratolytic agent. In plain English, this means it encourages your skin to shed dead cells. As it is these dead skin cells that help to block your skin pores and create the conditions necessary for acne to flourish, frequent cleansing with a sulphur-based agent can help to lessen the symptoms. Certain compounds of sulphur – such as sulphonamides – are believed to retard the growth of bacteria by limiting the acids that they need to reproduce.
Sulphur is among the most commonly recommended of remedies in the niche of eczema treatment aids.
Eczema usually presents as a chronic condition of the skin with multiple symptoms. Among these, the presence of inflamed, reddish and itchy patches on the skin is quite common. Sulphur is used in various ways for alleviating eczema symptoms.
Sulphur is actually a mineral, found in environmental sources such as hot water springs and volcanic ash. Among humans, sulphur is among the trace minerals, found in greater concentration in the nails, skin and hair. Sulphur plays a critical role in maintaining the elasticity of skin and maintaining structura integrity of hair and nails. Sulphur is also found in some natural food resources. Medicinal sulphur is extracted from mineral deposits of sulphur, like those found in salt water deposits.
Usually, skin that is excessively dry, peeling and accompanied by symptoms like brittle nails and hair is indicative of being sulphur-deficient. Many naturopaths recommend sulphur supplementation for various health conditions like painful joints, allergies and fatigue, since sulphur is integral to the synthesis of some basic amino acids in the human body.
Sulphur is used for treating various skin conditions, wherein some form of inflammation is indicated. The curative properties of sulphur are attributed to the fact that sulphur:
- Has inflammation-reducing properties and the ability to improve overall circulation of bodily fluids.
- Disinfects blood by protecting the protoplasm found within red blood cells against toxins—sulphur is found in haemoglobin.
- Stimulates the secretion of bile that is necessary for the proper breakdown (metabolism) of toxic substances.
- Stimulates collagen formation, making the skin structurally stronger and better equipped to handle short intervals of dryness.
Apart from these, the most impressive feature of sulphur is its keratolytic properties—sulphur promotes natural exfoliation of the skin. This means that the dead skin cells plugging the skin's pores are removed much faster, helping the skin to heal faster. This also prevents the build-up of bacterial infections in the skin. Some sulphur-based formulations are called sulphonamides. These are able to prevent the development of abscesses in scaly, inflamed skin and can treat seborrhoea that is often found during eczema breakouts. People suffering from eczema are recommended sulphur-based treatments and sulphur supplementation.
Our soap contains sulphur-rich chemicals drawn from the natural springs at Harrogate spa.