Coal tar soap is used as a cleansing antiseptic for skin conditions.
Coal tar is a liquid by-product of distilled coal. Black liquid is well known for its ability to help remove toxins from the body and it also contains antiseptic qualities. Coal tar soap is used as a cleansing antiseptic for a variety of skin conditions. In fact, it is a commonly prescribed treatment used in dermatology.
Soap made with coal tar thoroughly cleanses the skin, eliminating toxins. It has been used to effectively treat skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, acne, seborrheic dermatitis, scabies, and ringworm. Tar helps relieve inflammation and itchiness associated with severe dry skin, slows down the rapid growth of skin cells, and restores the skin’s natural appearance.
Dandruff can be treated with coal tar shampoo.
In shampoo form, coal tar also helps relieve flaky skin symptoms from conditions like dandruff and dry scalp. It also exhibits anti-parasitic properties and is beneficial for treating head lice problems. In addition to coal tar soap and shampoo, ointments, gels and creams are also available. They are available with or without a prescription.
Coal tar soap can be used to treat eczema.
Since the quality of coal tar products varies between brands, it is important for consumers to find a good over-the-counter product. For example, many products claim to be made from genuine coal tar, but are instead imitations. True coal tar products will contain PAH, or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. In some areas, a prescription may be required before obtaining these products, due to health issues associated with using coal tar.
Coal tar soap can be used to treat a head lice infestation.
Some studies have shown that certain chemicals found in coal tar soap and related products can cause cancer. However, only high concentrations of coal tar are related to this research. According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there is no scientific evidence to support the carcinogenic properties of coal tar products at lower concentrations – from 0.05% to 5%. In fact, these products are considered safe and effective for treating various skin conditions when used properly and in low doses.
Coal tar soap can be used to treat acne.
There are side effects of using coal tar products, however. This is especially true for people with overly sensitive skin. Coal tar can irritate and redden the skin in some people, especially when used in higher concentrations. Also, soap can make the skin more sensitive to the sun.
Although coal tar soap is easily washed off and generally leaves no residue, the tar can still remain active on the skin for at least 24 hours, which can increase your risk of sunburn. However, the benefits of using charcoal products seem to outweigh the potential side effects. Many people swear by its healing properties, choosing to continue its use despite the risks.