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For the last twenty five years I have suffered with an itchy, flaky scalp that drives me absolutely crazy. I am only able to use beauty shampoo's every now and again as regular use of a beauty shampoo will irritate my scalp no end.
Over the past six months I have generally been using medicated shampoos, which on the whole help keep my scalp quite clear. However in the last few weeks I have had the worst outbreak on my scalp in a long, long time. The itching started on my scalp and worked its way down my neck and back within just a few days. Vosene and Head or Head & Shoulders were not going to touch this or help me at all.
The GP prescribed Polytar, it was 500ml in size and it appears it can be bought i pharmacies too at around £7.50
The advice is to use it twice a week, massage it into wetted hair and rinse.
The day after I first applied it, I noticed a considerable difference - a fortnight later my scalp and neck is totally clear again. I am pleased to see that I have quite a lot of the bottle left, so I will probably use it now once a week or so to hoepfully keep the problem at arms length.
The smell frankly is horrid! If ever a product smelt like you should be bathing a dog with it, then this is the one! It is very strong, very medicated - but so what? It does the job perfectly.
I have had a quick "google" on the Polytar and have read that up to March/April of this year there have been shortages of this product - my local pharmacy had it in stock, so I was lucky - but if you were hoping to buy some, then be aware that it might not be that easy at the moment.
medicated cleanser containing: pine tar 0.3%, cade oil 0.3%,
coal tar solution 0.1%, arachis oil extract of crude coal tar 0.3%
oleyl alcohol 0.1%.
It is in a solid dark brown bottle and quite distinctive.
This product should be kept out of the reach of children and is for external use only.
Strangely, on the small print it says that tar products may cause skin irritation and rashes and if this occurs then treatment should be stopped immediately and consult your doctor - but for me, it cured my irritation and rash!
It probably goes without saying that a shampoo this strong is not overly kind to your actual hair, it certainly made mine very "straw like" - to over come this I use hair conditioner, but I keep the conditioner well away from my scalp and just rub it into the ends of my hair, making it much more manageable and easier to brush through.
This product works miracles!
I have suffered with dandruff for many years and although it is not a major problem none of the more famous products (head & shoulders, T Gel...etc) seem to work at all. I have Used Polytar or Alphosyl 2 in 1 for the last 10 years or so. Before finding these fantastic products I had tried a range of different dandruff treatments that promised that they would work but failed to deliver. Some of the once a week products such as Selsun did work but are just too strong as I have sensitive skin.
After a lengthy process of trial and error I found that Alphosyl and Polytar were both products that worked. At first I believed that it was worth changing which product I was using every month but as time went by I realised that Polytar was the product that I enjoyed using the most, whilst it does have a strong fragrance I much prefer it to the smell of Alphosyl. While they both are usually around the same price a bottle of Polytar lasts a little longer.
I know many people who rely on Polytar to control dandruff, psoriasis or eczema and these can all cause people undue embarrassment. I went to boots to purchase some Polytar in December last year but they were out of stock, the were also out of stock of Alphosyl. I wasn't too worried as we have several pharmacists in town but after looking around for it over the week no-one had any in stock. I spoke to someone who works at co-op Pharmacy but she didn't know what was going on with it.
I looked online and nobody seemed to be able to get hold of it. There had been no announcement of a shortage or product removal from GSK who supply both products. After a few weeks with no availability someone online posted that both products had been temporarily removed by GSK. Alphosyl has just come back into Boots and apparently Polytar will be back in the next month or so.
Whilst I am happy that these products are available again I feel badly let down by GSK who have made no official announcement or apology for the lack of availability. As they make both of the only products that really work for me I have no choice but to keep on using their products but if there were a product made by someone else I would change even if it wasn't quite as good.
As much as I love trying all there shiny and new shampoo's that come out - currently loving Lush's Jumping Juniper, every so often I always have to return to trusty Polytar shampoo once a month. I suffer with Seborrhoeic Dermatitis which started in my teenage years. Seborrhoeic dermatitis is scalp scaling so looks like dandruff but anti-dandruff shampoo's only worsen it. It means I had constant scaly, red itchy and inflamed skin all over my scalp. Before I was diagnosed I was going through bottle after bottle of various anti-dandruff shampoos's not realizing they were in fact prolonging the problem.
On a visit to a new hairdresser, which what has since been my current hairdresser, she recommend Polytar Liquid. As I was really getting desperate and my Doctor was doing nothing I thought I'd give anything a go and bought a bottle on my way home. This was 15 years ago and I'm still turning to it in my hour of need.
Polytar is a shampoo directed at helping scalp problems such as Seborrhoeic dermatitis, psoriasis and dandruff. It contains a Tar blend of pine tar, cade oil, coal tar and arachis oil
Coal Tar blend - know to help skin conditions for hundreds of years, and is a mild antiseptic and anti-inflammatory which helps to relieve any itching. Coal Tar also helped to break down the keratin that's forms part of the scalps skin makeup which speeds up the turnover of skin cells - this helps to reduce any scaling.
Directions of Use
You have to use the Polytar shampoo as you would a normal shampoo. Apply to wet hair and lather up. But with Polytar you need to be more aggressive. I normally lather up once, rinse our and repeat. When you have this second lather you really need to roughly massage it into your scalp for several minutes. I normally massage it vigorously for a few minutes then leave it on my hair and head while I finish in the shower. Then wash our thoroughly. If you need to use conditioner just apply on the very ends of you hair is necessary. You are instructed to use the shampoo once or twice a week, but I used it for 1 month with every wash when I first got it and it did no harm.
The ingredients in it are very strong so you may be best to do a skin test prior to use to be on the safe side.
The Shampoo itself is brown in colour and very watery. If you lather, rinse and repeat, the second lather is great. It will lather up immediately and give a nice rich lather to work with. I started lather, rinse and repeating as the first time you lather up the shampoo doesn't seem to work as well so I would recommend repeating the process. So the shampoo doesn't look great, and it does smell strongly of tar which is off-putting. The tar smell also stays on your hair for a few hours after your hair dries which isn't pleasant. Packaging wise, it comes in a plain brown plastic bottle with a white screw on lid. On the front of the bottle is Polytar in White writing and what it treats. On the back are ingredients and directions of use. Overall the shampoo isn't appealing and it's not something you would look at when shopping for shampoo, but it worth trying if you have Seborrhoeic dermatitis, psoriasis and dandruff, it may not look or smell great but it works wonders!
Results and Verdict
When I first began using the Polytar Shampoo as mentioned I used it with every wash for about a month and I can honestly say it worked. Within 4 washes my scalp had stopped itching, the redness has gone and the scaly shedding skin was significantly. Within 1 month all by Seborrhoeic dermatitis had gone! Occasionally I get a bout back and I always have a bottle of Polytar in my cabinet and use it straight away, again within a couple of uses the symptoms disappear again. It really is a miracle shampoo!
It can be difficult to find and I have only ever managed to buy it out of larger Boots stores and the occasional chemist, you can buy it in a 250ml bottle which is usually priced around £3.00.
From an early age I have always suffered with Psoriasis. When I was around 16 I discovered polytar. On first opening the bottle it smelt rancid and I didn't quite fancy putting it on my hair, but my head was so itchy and my scalp was so flakey that anything was better than being a 16 year old with flakes of skin on her shoulders.
When I first used it I was expecting it to be the same viscosity as shampoo, however, this was not the case. It's quite runny and I find that you accidently put more on your hand than you need to, and in the transfer from hand to head, you lose a bit through you fingers. It lathers quite well, like a normal shampoo, but your hair starts to feel a little stiffer and it becomes harder to run your hands through. When washed out the hair feels quite dry and I think it would be better if polytar brought out a conditioner type of product to accompany the polytar (I still use conditioner but just on the ends of my hair).
Although the smell is quite horrible, and the viscosity of the polytar isn't great, it does the trick for me. It might not work for everyone, but using it 3 or 4 times a week helps stop the itching and the flaking.
When I was younger I remember having an episode of really dry flaky scalp. I hated it as was really irritating. My scalp was very sore and I found it difficult to put a brush through my hair as it was quite painful. It was quite handy that my mum worked in a doctors surgery. I was able to see the gp who advised that I use polytar liquid shampoo. He wrote me a prescription for this and I was able to start this treatment.
That was a number of years ago, unyet I still can easily remember the smell of this liquid. It does indeed smell like tar! it is really heavy in it's scent and not at all pleasing. I hated it. I remember being very concious that the smell was lingering in my hair after washing. Looking back I realise that this smell is not particularly nasty. Just really medicated and strong.
This shampoo is specially developed for the treatment of scalp disorders. Many people use this shampoo on a long term basis as it is super effective in keeping conditions like psoriasis and eczema at bay. I only used this shampoo for a very short while, but it certainly made a real difference to the condition of my scalp. I felt it offered instant relief.
The polytar liquid is brown and thick in appearance. Which does nothing to add to the allure of this product. It doesn't create much of a lather either but works by using it's antiseptic properties to soak into the hair and scalp. It did tend to dry my hair out a little. But this was soon replenished when I discontinued the treatment. I also felt that it left my hair feeling heavy and lank. But this is probably more to do with the fact that I was refraining from using styling products when using this treatment.
I believe that this polytar liquid is only available from chemists. You may have to specifically ask for this product as they sometimes keep this stored in the dispensery.
This shampoo is quite expensive. A 250ml bottle will cost around £3.50. However, it is well worth the money as it is a very effective treatment that worked wonders on my flaky scalp. Although it has to be said, as a young girl I didn't appreciate the whole smell, appearance and feel of this shampoo. It is far from luxurious or pampering. But as far as medicinal shampoos go this is one of the most effective.
All ingredients and directions for use are written on the back of the horrid brown plastic bottle.
I was told by a hairdresser to use on my flacky scalp and I have been using it for a about 6 months and it has made my head stop iching and have seen alot less noticable flakes on my head unlike shampoo it is a orange liquid so is very runny and can be spilt easily also the smell of it isn't very pleasent its very strong but when you style your hair you can put sprays on your hair and that covers up the smell and also if your putting on conditioner on as well then the smell of it won't be noticed.The price of it can be expensive just over £4.00 for the small bottle but is well worth it I have used head and shoulders and I feel that it is only good for mild dandruff and polytar is twice as good I always have to give my hair 2 washes with other anti-dandruff products were once is enough with this one.I havn't had any reactions to the shampoo.I give it 4 out of 5 dooyoo stars would of given it 5 if it smelt nice and wasn't expensive.
I have suffered from Psoriasis since i was a teenager and have tried pretty much everything they sell / prescribe to clear my scalp. I first used this about 5 years ago when my dad had a bottle spare. since then i have it on repeat prescription as it is the best remedy i have found.
A lot of these shampoos smell very strong, and sometimes it takes me 2 or 3 washes before the smell fades. Polytar has a bearable smell and so i can use it daily and not worry my colleagues can smell me all day. I find that the itching subsides straight away, even if i use a hairdryer which often makes it worse. My hair feels soft and not too tangled, and after a few days there are no scabby bits left on my scalp, or angry red patches like i get with regular shampoo. It can be a bit pricey to buy over the counter but i have a pre-paid prescripton certificate which is worth buying if you sue this kind of product regularly.
I got a bottle of Polytar shampoo on prescription from my doctor when I needed help with eczema in my scalp, but it is widely available over the counter in pharmacies and in places like Boots, for around £4 a bottle.
Polytar liquid comes in a 250ml brown plastic bottle with a white plastic screw off lid. The front of the bottle states that it is useful for treating itchy flaking scalps, eczema, seborrhoea, psoriasis and problem dandruff. It is a medicated scalp treatment.
Polytar is easy to use. You apply it to wet hair and lather it up, while massaging it into the scalp and adjacent areas. I find it easiest to use in the shower, because the shower water massages your scalp and the shampoo is easier to apply.
The treatment contains:
Tar blend 1% w/w which consists of coal tar, pine tar, cade oil, coal tar solution and peanut oil extract.
Other ingredients are:
Oleyl alcohol, coconut diethanolamide, hexylene glycol, polysorbate 80, triethanolamine lauryl sulphate, sodium chloride, citric acid, octoxinol, imidurea, fragrance 5412, water.
Because the product contains peanut, it is not suitable for people with peanut allergies.
The product is made by Stiefel Laboratories in Ireland.
The shampoo itself is a brown/amber colour and is clear. It has a very distinctive smell, due to the tar content. I think it smells lovely, but it may not be to everyones liking. If you like the smell of new tarmac on a road, you will like this, but it is not floral or perfumed!
The shampoo lathers up very well and gets hair really clean. It leaves the scalp feeling instantly soothed as soon as you have used it. It also leaves the hair in really good condition and I have found that when I have used it, my hair has been really shiny and i haven't even needed to use a conditioner. The smell lingers on your hair for quite a while, but I don't mind the scent.
My only gripe is that the product can stain the bath area, but if you are careful, it shouldn't pose a problem.
The shampoo is very effective at relieving the itch that chronic skin conditions can cause. i have tried several products but always return to this one.
Last year I had a very itchy scalp and irritation and I was at my mothers one day and told her about it and she gave me this bottle to try, she said she had the same a few weeks earlier and told me it worked very well for her, so I took it home and got into the shower and tried it.
To my amazement the very next day my itching had stopped, it was so much better and so I used the product twice for the rest of the following week as recommend on the bottle.
It comes in a brown plastic bottle with a screw top which has a full wide opening, not a nozzle so it can be easily poured onto the palm of you hand and rubbed into the scalp, it is good for itching flaking scalps, eczema, seborrhoea, psoriasis and problem dandruff, it helps clear the scalp, sooth irritation and relieve irrirations.
To my knowledge it can only be bought at a pharmacist as it is a medicated scalp treatment, but I am sure I have seen it on shelves in supermarkets.
Directions for use is use on wet hair and apply enough of the liquid to produce an abundant lather while massaging it into the scalp and adjacent areas.
The smell is not very nice but it certainly works well, it can be continued to used on a regular basis but if symptoms persist it is advisable to see your doctor.
It does state on the bottle if you are allergic to peanut or soya do not use this product.
Although I did not buy this myself I think it is priced around £3.54.
I just used this instead of my regular shampoo and it cleaned my hair at the same time as clearing my complaint.
I give this a 5 star rating and highly recommend it for the problem area.
Having used this shampoo regularly for about twenty five years, I am eager to recommend it to others.
The polytar shampoo is the same bottle as above, a 250ml size can be found at Boots at a cost of £3.99. The polytar plus is a 500ml bottle at twice the price, but I can see no discernible difference in the active ingredients. It has 1% tar blend, exactly the same as the smaller bottle.
As a family, we all suffer from Psoriasis (My mum's the one to blame), and this shampoo is for the treatment of it. It is aimed at easing itchy, flaky scalps caused by Eczema, Seborrheic Dermatitis and Psoriasis.
Seborrheic dermatitis is a common condition that makes the skin look greasy, and/or scaly and flaky. It usually affects the scalp. In adolescents and adults, seborrheic dermatitis is commonly called dandruff. In babies, it is known as cradle cap.
The active ingredients is this shampoo are: Tar blend* which consists of coal tar, pine tar, cade oil, coal tar solution and arachis oil (peanut oil) extract.
The inactive ingredients are: oleyl alcohol, coconut diethanolamide, hexylene glycol, polysorbate80, triethanolomin lauryl sulphate, sodium chloride, citric acid, octoxinal, imidurea, fragrance 5412, water.
WARNING - if you are allergic to PEANUT or SOYA do not use polytar liquid.
Tar products may cause skin irritations, rashes and rarely, photosensitvity. If irritation occurs and persists, treatment should be discontinued - obviously.
This shampoo can be prescribed by a doctor if your symptoms are severe. My Mum gets hers on prescription, but if you are not able to get you prescriptions for free (well sort of) it is easier and cheaper to buy from a chemist.
This shampoo should be used just like any other shampoo, so I won't go into directions here, but it should be applied once, rinsed and then just left on the scalp and minute or two, before the final rinse, to work its magic.
Although this shampoo has no recommendations for use age wise, i.e over 12 etc, I wouldn't use this one for babies or toddler's cradle cap. I have used it on my own daughter's from the age of three though.
The smell is slightly off putting - it is a definite coal tar smell. It reminds me of the soap my Nan used to use. It is however, fresh and clean smelling and the benefits far outweigh the scent.
A conditioner may be used afterwards, but as my hairdresser training tells me, use a gentle conditioner, and don't worry about getting it on the scalp as the moisurisation properties will benefit it. What would you rather have? ...hair that's a little limp, or giant flakes and an itchy, sore scalp.
The bottle states to use this once or twice a week. You may use other products in between treatments, if you, like me, shampoo your hair more often. This treatment works brilliantly. When I have a flare up, I use it twice a week, as recommended, and when my scalp is fine again I switch to using it once a week if I can remember.
This scalp treatment should be a staple in everyone's bathroom, in my opinion, as we all get dandruff and scalp irritations at one point or another, mainly through the stresses of daily life. I know when I'm stressed my scalp will suffer, so I instantly reach for this shampoo before the problem gets out of hand.
This shampoo is primarily a scalp treatment, so without the fancy packaging, you would probably look straight past it in the chemist. This little hidden gem, however, does its job fantastically well. I urge you, if you are suffering from any of the above problems, to just try it. It may not be for you, I have tried others with not much success, and always come back to this - If you don't try it you'll never know, will you?
Polytar and Selsun are well known to me (I suffer from mild psoriasis and my reviews on here centre around my experiences with various skin/scalp products).
There are not loads of selling points, but in my humble opinion, it is one of the most effective products against flakiness and irritation. I started using it, on and off, in 2002 and have been using it infrequently even since. Amongst the eczema/psoriasis community, it is widely used and generally highly praised. I choose to alternate my scalp treatments to stop the skin becoming accustomed to one particular treatment and this system seems to work for me.
Onto Polytar, it STINKS. Very strong stuff, contains tar and you can smell it a mile off. When you pour it out it is not too thick, but is dark brown and not that appealing (fortunately, you don't eat it!!). I would recommend leaving it on for 5 minutes or so, standing up, if you sit down you'll stain your chair or sofa or bed!
I rinse off in warm, tepid water. Your hair is cleaned well and only retains a slight tar smell, something I can deal with. I would use it in the evenings though, the mornings it may be a bit strong over coffee!
My scalp has a lot less flakiness when using it, it is less itchy and in that sense, does the job. It's not too expensive either, reassuringly. An inconvenience is that you have to get it from a chemist; your local supermarket is unlikely to stock it. But it is relatively easy to get hold of once you know this, and the Internet has loads of stockists.
I would recommend this product for anyone suffering from an itchy scalp. It smells VERY STRONG and isn't natural (full of chemicals which scares me a bit), but is effective without a doubt.
My Step-Father is almost bald. Not quite he does have some hair which he is rather proud of but the top of his head gets really dry and flaky so he uses this loads. He's now this about 5 years now and it's the only thing that keeps him flake free!
So the other day when I noticed a few white flaky bits in my hair I panicked terribly. It looks awful against jet black hair! I know it's all down to the heat and sitting in the sunshine in my case as it happens to me occasionally in the summer months. So as I say I was rather panicked and felt like shaving my hair off till I went to the bathroom and noticed this stuff and decided to give it a go or back to Plan B (shaving it off lol).
This particular formula comes in 500ml and 250ml sizes priced at about £6.76 for the larger size and is about £3.43 for the smaller. I mention formulations due to this also being available in emollient and Plus Shampoo types as well.
So the bottle we own is a browny/bronze colour and slightly curved to the middle of it for ease of handling. There is a white plastic cap/lid to the top of it which screws on and off concealing a largish hole. On the front of the bottle I'm told it Stiefel Polytar Scalp Treatment that is for itchy flaking scalps, eczema, seborrhoea, psoriasis ad problem dandruff and that it helps to clear the scalp, soothe irritation and relive itching. On the back of the bottle directions for use and ingredients are listed, a warning is given, contact details for Stiefel are given (the manufacturer of the product), size is stated, the expiry date is also there and finally there is a bar-code displayed. This simply looks like a treatment bottle rather than being cosmetic and attractive but it contains all the information you need on it to see if you think it is suitable for you to use or not.
Directions For Use....
Wet hair. Apply enough Polytar Liquid to produce an abundant lather while massaging into the scalp and adjacent areas. Rinse and repeat. Use one or twice weekly, or as recommended by your pharmacist. If symptoms persist consult your doctor.
Me Using It....
Well I wet my hair thoroughly and rubbed in a good dollop of this of the solution. Talk about stinky! This is a blend of pine tar, cade oil, coal tar solution, arachis oil and an extract of coal tar (along with other ingredients of course) but in the main this browny/amber coloured runny liquid smells coal tar bound to me and is not that nice!
I found I needed rather alot to get any white lather, which eventually I did. I massaged it into my hair really well for over a minute and then rinsed it out and repeated the process. Rinsing it out wasn't very easy as my hair went knotty and straw like to the touch and once I had removed all of the product my hair was as dry as a bone ad worse than that conditioner isn't advised so once done I had to work really hard at combing through my now 'squeaky' clean and bristly hair....
Ok I hate the smell and that smell does linger until washed out. I'm not keen on the fact that after using it my hair feels so unhealthily dry but saying that once combed through and styled it is fine and you can't feel the product in the hair (only smell it!). However this really works! Forget all the negatives with this if you need a treatment for all of the above problems I listed already this really is superb. It cured my dandruff so that the next day I could use ordinary shampoo and conditioner and stuff and it gave me back my confidence and will to live! Without this stuff my poor Step-Dad would look like he was living in a permanent snow storm too!Before using this he'd sit on the sofa watching the tv, get up to go loo or something and leave so much unsightly skin behind him me Mum used to threaten to get the vacuum out! Not now though it's gone and gone for good by the looks of things.
Sure I wish it smelt a wee bit nicer but as I've tried to stress already this is a treatment and not an every-day shampoo so don't let that put you off! Use it for issues and only and then you don't need to worry about going out stinking, just use it when you not etc.
I really this for occasional use and like I say it got rid of my issues!
Available in all good supermarkets and chemists.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I have suffered from psoriasis on and off for the past decade. I find it is worse in winter and generally appears about 6 weeks after a stressful event. I have an odd type of psoriasis. Initially it looks like chickenpox as I develop small red, circular patches over my torso and forearms, but unlike chickenpox, instead of blistering these lumps scale over, crack and flake. Sound disgusting? Well it is! I have about three psoriasis episodes per year, each lasting about 6 weeks after which time the patches stop scaling and fade to a pale brown before disappearing. Sunlight definitely accelerates the healing process, and I have had light treatment in the past during a particularly bad breakout after having my third child.
So far I have been very lucky and psoriasis has never developed on my face or any part of my body that cannot eaily be covered. However, I do occasionally get small patches of psoriasis on my scalp, generally at my hairline. These are never very large, but I like to catch them before they become unsightly. For this reason I like to keep a bottle of Polytar liquid in the house.
Polytar liquid is a shampoo specifically formulated to treat scalp disorders such as psoriasis, dandrufff, seborrhoea and eczema. It can also be used to soothe unexplained itching conditions, which may be caused by a dry and/or flaky scalp. I first used Polytar when it was prescribed by a consultant dermatologist during a particularly keen bout of psoriasis affecting my scalp, and have since purchased it from Boots and my local chemist.
Polytar liquid is packaged in a rather unattractive brown bottle, with a pinched in waist for easy hold and a twist off white plastic cap. It is not a product that you would choose to display in your bathroom. The shampoo is produced in 65 ml, 150 ml, 250ml or 350 ml, bottles but is generally to be found in the two middle range sizes. It is not cheap, retailing in Boots at £4.20 for 250ml, but it is effective.
On opening the bottle the first thing that hits you is the smell. The shampoo containts 1% tar as its active ingredients and this is very noticeable when the lid is removed. The shampoo itself is a deep brown colour and very thin in consistency. It is very easy to pour out too much for a single application, and I frequently waste some.
Once applied to the hair and scalp the shampoo forms a creamy yellow lather, and the smell of the tar increases. My partner actually gags if he enters the room whilst I am using this. There is no need to leave the shampoo on for longer than a 'normal' shampoo, but it is important to work it well into the scalp. Rinse thoroughly under warm water and repeat the process.
The shampoo rinses out easily, leaving hair feeling clean, but not smelling pleasant. It is not recommended that you use this shampoo on a daily basis. Once or twice per week will suffice. I only use this shampoo if I actually have some psoriasis or if I use a hair product that has irritated my scalp and made it flaky. I would not use it as a preventative measure for several reasons; it is expensive, it smells awful, and I fear that it might stop being effective if I use it too regularly. I'm too reliant on this product clearing my psoriasis quickly to risk anything that might stop it working.
If I have a particularly bad bout of psoriasis on my body I use this shampoo like a shower gel. Nothing on the packaging recommends this, but my consultant dermatologist suggested it, and desperate for a remedy I gave it a go. The lather feels soft on my body. It is not particularly moisturising, but it doesn't dry my skin either. I don't feel particularly clean after using the shampoo in this way, but I do smell..... awful! Using this on my body definitely triggers my partners gag reflex and he is particularly unamorous if I shower using this just before bed!
Is it worth the smell (and rejection!)?
Well, yes it is, or I wouldn't continue to use it. The shampoo is very effective, very quickly. If I have a flaky, irritated scalp due to using a highly perfumed hair cleaning or styling product, this shampoo will sort the problem out completely within a couple of applications. It takes a week to get rid of scalp psoriasis and 3-4 showers to make a difference to my torso psoriasis. It doesn't eradicate the psoriasis on my torso completely, but it does decrease the scaliness and reduces the redness to a less obvious degree.
Here are the ingredients to give you an idea of how bad it smells!
Antiseptic tar medicated cleanser containing: pine tar 0.3%, cade oil 0.3%, coal tar solution 0.1%, arachis oil, extract of crude coal tar 0.3% and oleyl alcohol 0.1%.
For those with allergies, arachis oil is also known as peanut oil, according to an article on wikipedia, commercial peanut oil will not cause an allergic reaction because the allergen is a protein, but keep the contents in mind if you have a nut allergy. (As an aside - I had severe eczema as a young baby and could not be bathed in water. My mum had to wash me in arachis oil for the first 6 months of my life - I must have stunk!)
Antiseptic tar medicated cleanser for scalp disorders such as psoriasis, dandruff, seborrhoea, eczema and itching /