Benefits of Pine Tar Soap

Benefits of Pine Tar Soap.

PINE TAR SOAP

Manufactures produce pine tar by heating it in an enclosed chamber. The tar is used in a number of products, including soap and wood preservatives. Two of the leading pine-tar soap companies have produced for at least 130 years. The soapmakers claim pine-tar soaps are effective treatments of psoriasis and eczema, work effectively as dandruff shampoo bars, and also contain deodorizing and insect-repelling properties.

 

 

FUNCTION

Few medical studies have been run on the effectiveness of pine-tar soap to treat psoriasis. The New Zealand Dermatological Society's online database, DermNet NZ, includes both coal-tar and pine-tar products on its list of suggested topical remedies. It notes that while tar products boast long histories treating psoriasis, it remains unclear why they provide relief. According to the society, tar products work best to relieve chronic plaque psoriasis, which usually affects the scalp, lower back, knees and elbows.

CONSIDERATIONS

Tar products may irritate your skin; test a small amount on a small patch of your skin before using pine-tar soap liberally. DermNet NZ warns that using the soap just before going outside may make your skin more sensitive to UV rays, potentially resulting in sunburn.

ALTERNATIVE HOME REMEDIES

MayoClinic.com's recommended home remedies include oatmeal baths, aloe vera gel, or capsaicin --- chili pepper --- ointment. Over-the-counter ointments containing hydrocortisone or salicylic acid may also be more effective than pine-tar soap, or may complement the soap as a treatment. Again, check with your doctor or dermatologist for guidance.

Only use  creosote free pine tar for soap making.

Today, many doctors prescribe the use of pine tar soap as topical medicine for some skin diseases as it possesses anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.  Pine tar is being widely used against skin psoriasis.  People who have dry skin can also benefit from pine tar soap.  The natural oil of pine wood is retained during carbonization and it could help your skin by adding moisture to it during application.

Eczema and Psoriasis

Pine tar soap has been used for over 100 years to treat eczema, psoriasis and other forms of dermatitis.  It moisturizes dry, scaly skin and helps it heal.  Pine tar soap is safe to use anywhere on the face and body, and is also used as a shampoo.

Pine tar products can heal severely irritated skin associated with the chronic skin conditions eczema and psoriasis.  Both psoriasis and eczema lesions can be thick, red and scaly, but eczema also commonly appears as moist and oozing sores. 

Pine tar is a natural way to relieve skin of the discomfort associated with dermatophyte infections.  Topical and oral medications that treat the infections may have side effects such as blistering, dryness, itching, and rashes.  Pine tar is a natural remedy to relieve these discomforts.

Rashes, Allergies, Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac

Pine tar products are beneficial for healing rashes caused by poison ivy, poison sumac and poison oak.  It also can be used for relieving symptoms of contact dermatitis, or skin allergic reactions caused by various substances.    Washing the affected area can stop the itch and dry the rash, speeding healing.Veterinarians use pine tar oil to treat mange and other pet skin disorders. 

Dandruff

Pine tar is an ingredient in certain brands of shampoo which treats and helps prevent seborrheic dermatitis, a scalp condition that leads to dandruff. 

Insect Repellent

It has bee reported that the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers used pine tar as their insect repellent of choice before World War II.  Daily use of pine tar soap soothed the skin and kept it healthy can while it provided protection against mosquito, tick, chiggers, and other insect bites.

 

Disclaimer: The US Government wants us to be sure to tell you that these statements above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  The US Government also wants us to tell you that this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

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