Polytar Scalp Shampoo is a thick, coal-tar based shampoo that soothes irritated skin on the scalp, reducing itchiness, scaling, and inflammation.
These symptoms are often experienced by people with scalp psoriasis or other related skin conditions such as eczema. In these cases, a specially formulated shampoo is required, as standard shampoos often contain irritants that make the condition worse.
Coal tar is proven to provide relief for psoriasis sufferers. It is a thick oil that works on patches of inflamed red skin covered in scales. It moisturises and nourishes the skin to reduce scales and dandruff, and soothes it to make it feel less itchy.
This shampoo can be used by adults and children aged 12 or over.
Polytar Scalp Shampoo should be used by adults and children over the age of 12, once or twice per week for an initial period of 4 weeks.
First, wet your hair and then massage a small amount of the shampoo into the scalp and any affected areas nearby, using the fingertips. After it has lathered, rinse the scalp well. Repeat this process, ensuring that the shampoo is in contact with scalp for around 3-5 minutes in total over the two applications.
For use for longer than a period of 4 weeks, consult a doctor and use as directed.
Keep Polytar Scalp Shampoo away from children, in a cool place. Use eternally only and take care not to get any in the eyes.
Avoid using this product if you are allergic to coal tar or any of the listed ingredients. It is not suitable for use by children below the age of 12, and never use on open, damaged, or blistered skin.
In some cases, especially where excessive shampoo is used or it is used more frequently than advised, irritation may occur. This may also occur if the shampoo is in contact with sensitive or inflamed skin. If you experience such a reaction, stop using it.
While using this shampoo, avoid strong sunlight and sunbeds, as some people become extra-sensitive to UV radiation. It’s best to wear protective clothing and sunscreen until you know how you will react. Also, if you are taking other medicines that make you more sensitive to sunlight, seek your doctor’s advice before using this shampoo.
If you are pregnant, avoid using it in the first trimester of pregnancy; consult with your doctor before using while breastfeeding.
Note that this shampoo may stain clothing if it comes into contact with it.
In rare cases, Polytar Scalp Shampoo is associated with skin reactions due to allergies (rashes, swelling, difficulty breathing). Other possible rare side effects include eye irritation, hair loss, itchy and redskin, change of hair colour or texture, and burning sensations on the skin.
If you are taking other medications, speak to your doctor before using this shampoo, as certain antibiotics and tranquilizers increase sensitivity to sunlight.
HelloSkin’s experts did not find scientific data on the use of Polytar Scalp Shampoo in people with psoriasis. However, the product contains 4% coal tar, which has a long history as a topical treatment of skin conditions, including psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.
In a study in people with psoriasis a 5% coal tar lotion was used three times daily and it was reported that 27% of the patients achieved a clearance or marked improvement after 12 weeks of treatment (1). From a safety profile perspective it is important to note that a 5% coal tar lotion resulted in some treatment-related events that were considered to be mild to moderate in severity.