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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Polytar (Overview)

Polytar is a skin-related agent.


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Which shampoo is better: polytar (coal tar) or oilatum?

Which shampoo is better: polytar (coal tar) or oilatum?

For dry scalp or...: For psoriasis, seborrhea, and bad dandruff, i'd take the polytar (coal tar). For dry scalp alone, i'd take the oilatum. Both can be used on different days. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
16 doctors shared insights

Polytar (Overview)

Polytar is a skin-related agent.


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Do polytar (coal tar) bar soap actually works for psoriasis?

Not really.: Tar products are sometimes helpful when used as a supplement to more basic treatments, such as topical corticosteroids, vitamin d derivatives, and uv light. But by itself, tar soap is ineffective in all but the very mildest cases. ...Read more

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Is polytar (coal tar) soap safe to use all over you body and face?

Polytar (coal tar): I would answer no. Polytar (coal tar) is an irritant and areas close to mucous membranes would be very sensitive. You would never want to get it in your eyes, nose or mouth. Some believe that a case can me made that it is a carcinogen. ...Read more

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Daughter17yr sebo_psoriasis on scalp, uses "coal tar & salicylic acid" twice weekly.She gets headaches, eye burning .Is it the side effect of solution?

Daughter17yr sebo_psoriasis on scalp, uses "coal tar & salicylic acid" twice weekly.She gets headaches, eye burning .Is it the side effect of solution?

Possibly: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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Does coal tar have any side effects on vision?

Does coal tar have any side effects on vision?

None: Don't get it into your eye but otherwise it will not cause any problems. ...Read more

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Is polytar (coal tar) soap safe to use all over you body and face?

Polytar (coal tar): I would answer no. Polytar (coal tar) is an irritant and areas close to mucous membranes would be very sensitive. You would never want to get it in your eyes, nose or mouth. Some believe that a case can me made that it is a carcinogen. ...Read more

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Which shampoo is better: polytar (coal tar) or oilatum?

For dry scalp or...: For psoriasis, seborrhea, and bad dandruff, i'd take the polytar (coal tar). For dry scalp alone, i'd take the oilatum. Both can be used on different days. ...Read more

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Polytar (coal tar) shampoo for psoriasis, what else?

Polytar (coal tar) shampoo for psoriasis, what else?

Many options: Sooner or later your scalp will get used to the tar shampoo - or you will get tired of smelling like you got dipped in creosote - so get several therapeutic shampoos and rotate them. Other good active ingredients are zinc pyrithione, selenium sulfide, and salicylic acid. ...Read more

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Do polytar (coal tar) bar soap actually works for psoriasis?

Not really.: Tar products are sometimes helpful when used as a supplement to more basic treatments, such as topical corticosteroids, vitamin d derivatives, and uv light. But by itself, tar soap is ineffective in all but the very mildest cases. ...Read more

Dr. David Gorsulowsky
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Coal Tar (Definition)

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