What is Coal Tar 6% + Salicylic Acid 3% Ointment Protar®
Protar® Ointment contains Salicylic Acid, and Coal Tar which is exclusively formulated for the treatment of Psoriasis and other skin conditions associated with scaling and inflammation. Protar Ointment is used for the treatment of skin conditions such as scaly or itchiness. Protar Ointment works to allow the skin to shed dead skin cells and renew itself and also stops the overgrowth of skin cells. It quickly relieves the irritating and unsightly symptoms of psoriasis. Apply to the affected area two or three times a day until lesions have disappeared. Use under medical supervision
Coal Tar controls and reduces inflammation and itching. Tar derived from both coal and wood (e.g., juniper and pine) are both used for medicinal purposes. However, coal tar is most commonly used to treat psoriasis. Tar can help slow the rapid growth of skin cells and restore the skin’s appearance. In addition, it can help reduce the inflammation, itching and scaling of psoriasis. Generally, the higher the concentration of tar, the more potent the product.
Tar can irritate, redden and dry the skin. You should test a tar product on a small area of the skin first. If reddening occurs, try applying the tar on top of a moisturizer. Tar can stain clothing, bed linen and light-colored hair. Tar can also make the skin more sensitive to sunlight, so be sure to wash it off thoroughly, use sunscreen and monitor your sun exposure. Tar remains active on the skin for at least 24 hours, so limit your outdoor time, as you will be at an increased risk of sunburn during this period.
Studies show some of the chemicals in coal tar may cause cancer, but only in very high concentrations, such as in what is used in industrial paving. If you are using tar regularly, make sure to follow a regular skin cancer checkup schedule. California requires OTC coal tar shampoos, lotions, and creams that contain more than 0.5 percent coal tar to be labeled with cancer warnings. However, the FDA maintains that OTC products with coal tar concentrations between 0.5 percent and 5 percent are safe and effective for psoriasis, and there is no scientific evidence that the tar in OTC products is carcinogenic.
Salicylic Acid helps in the removal of excessive skin build-up. Salicylic acid is classified as a keratolytic, or peeling agent, and works by causing the outer layer of skin to shed. It is a common and effective treatment for a wide variety of skin problems. As a psoriasis treatment, it acts as a scale lifter, helping to soften and remove psoriasis scales. Strong salicylic acid preparations can cause irritation if left on the skin for too long. Further, the body may absorb too much salicylic acid if used over large areas of the skin. Salicylic acid may also weaken hair shafts and make them more likely to break, leading to temporary hair loss. Please consult your health care professional if you experience any complications.
Benefits of Protar® Ointment
- Reduces inflammation – reduces itching and redness
- Clears excess scale – softens and removes scale
- Reduces cell proliferation – assists in the restoration of skin to its normal condition
- Re-moisturises and repairs affected skin tissue