In its natural form coal tar is a thick, nearly black, viscous liquid with a characteristic smell. It is most often obtained in solution form (0.1 to 20%) and mixed with other ingredients, such as salicylic acid and sulphur, to make lotions, creams, ointments and shampoos. It has been used for decades to help treat the scaling, itching and inflammation of psoriasis, eczema, and other skin disorders.
What is Coal Tar?
A black, viscid liquid formed during the distillation of coal. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
How does Coal Tar work?
It is used on the skin to treat the itching, scaling, and flaking due to skin conditions such as psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis. It works by causing the skin to shed dead cells from its top layer and slow down the growth of skin cells.
Is Coal Tar safe?
Coal Tar is monographed by the FDA as Category 1 (safe and effective) Over the Counter ingredient for use in the treatment of dandruff, seborrhoea, psoriasis and various other skin
• Seborrheic Dermatitis
• Suitable as an antiseptic for open wounds.