Sulfur Soap and Scabies

Sulfur soap is a popular treatment for treating scabies. There are no scientific studies to show if sulfur soap "works" or not.

But sulfur has been a successful treatment for scabies for over 2000 years, so I'm sure using the soap can only help. If nothing else sulfur can help to ease the scabies itch.

Three kinds of sulfur soap

‍ has three kinds of sulfur soap. 

1.  Gris Bio is a 10% sulfur soap that I have personally used. There isn’t too much to say about a soap, but I’ll try. The soap works best if you wet it and let it sit for a minute or two. That softens up the soap so it lathers more easily.  Here is a 6-pack and here is a 2-pack.

2. If you prefer a palm oil based soap, here is a two-pack of 10% sulfur soap with lavender in palm oil. Braunfels Labs has a palm oil soap with 10% sulfur.

3. A third kind of sulfur soap with salicylic acid added. This is sometimes used to treat acne. DO NOT USE THIS to treat scabies. It is too irritating to your poor skin. 

I have no connection with Braunfels Labs, I just appreciate the quality of their products. And they are very transparent about the good ingredients they use.

But sulfur soap alone will NOT cure scabies! Soap only leaves a thin layer…most gets washed off. A lotion or cream is much thicker and more effective. If you want to do an effective sulfur treatment you need to also use 10% sulfur lotion or cream. You can buy pre-mixed 10% sulfur in jars. — links to some good ones are down below. Here is a study which showed applying sulfur lotion works. 

Or you can save money by making your own 10% sulfur lotion.  It's easy to do. You simply mix a sulfur powder or a concentrated sulfur ointment with regular skin lotion. Of course buying pre-mixed is tidier, but I made my own and it was no big deal. 

Regardless, it took about 3 ounces of sulfur lotion to cover my 250 lb. body. And you need to apply the 10% sulfur lotion 3 nights in a row, leaving it on for 12 hours (overnight), shower it off, and then reapply 12 hours later. And then usually repeat that each week for 2 to 5 weeks depending on how stubborn your scabies are. Click here for my complete instructions for using 10% sulfur lotion as a treatment for scabies.

Many products seem to come and go on Amazon…but is murder trying to keep up with them.

But if you can find it, Braunfels Labs makes AllHide which is an economical 10% sulfur cream. It comes in big tubs. Lately I can’t find it anywhere (Jan 2022).

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