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Sulfer topical 

Generical name: sulfur topical [SUL-fur-TOP-i-kal]
Names of brands: Liquimat Medium, Sulfoam, Sulpho-Lac Soap, Liquimat Light, Sulpho-Lac, etc. display the 8 brands.
Dosage formats: topical shampoo (2%), topical soap (5%)
Classification of drugs: miscellaneous topical agents

What is the Sulfer topical ?

Sulfer topical  (for the face) is used to treat acne. Sulfer topical  can also be used to treat conditions that are not mentioned in this medication guide.

Side effects

Contact a medical professional immediately. If you are experiencing symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction, such as hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your lips, face, and tongue,

Sulfer topical  can cause severe adverse reactions. Contact your physician immediately. If you suffer from:

  • extreme burning, redness, or swelling in the area where the medication was sprayed.
  • extreme dryness or peeling of the treated skin
  • New or worsening skin conditions.

Common adverse effects of sulfur topicals include:

  • slight burning, tingling burning, itching, or redness
  • Dryness, peeling, or
  • oily skin.

This isn't a complete list of possible side effects, and other side effects could be present. Contact your physician to seek medical advice on the effects. You can report any side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Follow all the instructions on the label of your medication and the package. Inform your health care providers about your medical issues, allergies, and all medications you take.

Related drugs

Doxycycline, Clindamycin topical, Topical Erythromycin, Tetracycline, and Tazorac

Before you take this drug

It is not recommended to apply sulfur-based topical creams to those who are allergic to sulfur. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to determine if this medication is suitable for you in the case of extreme acne or acne that covers large areas of your skin. Consult your doctor prior to taking this medication if you are breastfeeding or pregnant.

How to take Sulfur-based topical products?

Do not consume by mouth. Topical medication is to be applied only to the scalp or skin. Follow the directions on the label or as recommended by your physician. It is possible to shake this medication prior to every use. Follow the instructions on the package. Wash your hands thoroughly prior to and after applying sulfur-based topically applied cream. Clean and dry the area of your skin to be treated. Use a light layer of sulfur-based lotion on the affected skin three times a day. Apply the lotion slowly. You should apply the moisturizer less frequently when your skin becomes excessively dry or peels. Do not cover your skin with bandages. The heat or the bandaging process could increase the amount of the drug that is absorbed through the skin and cause negative consequences.

If you are using sulfur-based shampoo for your hair, adhere to the instructions on the label. It is possible to leave this shampoo in your hair for a short time before rinsing. It may take a few weeks before you notice an improvement in your skin. Use the medication exactly as prescribed, and consult an experienced physician if your symptoms don't improve. Don't stop using this medication if you don't see immediate results. Keep the sulfur topical at room temperature. Avoid freezing.

Details on dosage

Usual Adult Dose for Acne:

Forms of bar and cream:
Apply to the skin as is.

Form of Lotion:
Apply the cream to the skin a couple of times per day.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Acne:

Bars and cream form:
Apply to the skin when required.

Form of Lotion:
Apply the cream to the skin two to three times per day.

What happens If I miss a dose?

Take the medication as quickly as you can; however, avoid the missed dose if you think it is close to time for the next dose. Don't apply two doses at once.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of sulfur topical is not likely to pose a risk. Get medical attention immediately or contact the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 in the event that anyone has accidentally swallowed the medicine.

What should be avoided?

Beware of getting sulfur topical in your nose, eyes, mouth, or lips. Rinse your mouth with water if you do come into contact. Do not apply to open wounds, sunburned, dry, windburned, or itchy skin. Avoid using sulfur-based topicals on the areas affected by eczema. It is best to wait until the areas have healed before applying this medication. Do not apply other acne medication to the areas that you treat with sulfur-based topical creams unless your doctor has told you to. Avoid using products for your skin that may cause irritation, like harsh soaps, cleansing products for skin, or products that contain alcohol or astringents, spices, or lime.

Interaction with other drugs

Skin care products are unlikely to be affected by any other medications that you are taking. However, there are many drugs that interfer with each other. Inform your health care providers about the medications you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbs.