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Before I go on and explain the unusual title of this article, let’s dive in deeper into the infamous psoriasis and how it manifests in the body. You have to understand something in order to treat it successfully, right? That said, psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder that causes itching, cracks, redness, soreness and bleeding all resulting in plaques of thickened, scaling skin.
The dry flakes of skin scales result from the excessively rapid proliferation of skin cells. The proliferation of skin cells is triggered by inflammatory chemicals produced by specialized white blood cells called T-lymphocytes.
The spectrum of disease ranges from mild with limited involvement of small areas of skin to large, thick plaques to red inflamed skin affecting the entire body surface. It is most common to appear on the skin of the elbows, knees, and scalp.
If you are affected by it or know someone who is, you know that it’s not out of the usual to have it, it’s quite common these days actually. By now there are many conventional pills and ointments that supposedly treat it, but let’s be unconventional today and discuss a different kind of treatment for psoriasis. Coal tar.
For those of you who didn’t close the tab just yet, give me a chance to prove you that coal tar is actually a very effective remedy for psoriasis. This skin disease has been marked as incurable by conventional medicine because they haven’t been able to come up with a treatment. A treatment more effective than the 100-year-old remedy for psoriasis that is.
It has been proven on many occasions that coal-tar-based medicaments treat psoriasis much more effectively and efficiently than all the rest combined. Additionally, the national psoriasis foundation has stated that even though some doctors disapprove, coal tar, in reality, is a suitable psoriasis treatment that is able to cure patients once and for all. Also, it’s much cheaper than the conventional treatments – in some health centers even by 50%.
Now that I got you convinced (even just a bit), let’s see how coal and pine tar work in healing psoriasis and why it’s important to react on time and treat it.
First, note that coal tar is the type used most commonly to treat psoriasis instead of pine tar. It works by slowing down the rapid growth of skin cells restoring the skin’s appearance and softness. Also, patients report a decrease in inflammation and reduction in overall scaling.
When you begin your tar coal treatment for psoriasis be aware that it might irritate, redden and dry the skin the first few times of application. To make sure that it won’t cause bigger issues, test it on a small area first, and then apply all over. If reddening occurs, try applying the tar on top of a moisturizer, at least until your affected skin gets used to it.
Make sure not to expose yourself in the sun while having your psoriasis treated with coal tar. This is because tar makes the skin more sensitive to sunlight.
If you have to go out, wash the affected area thoroughly and be careful. I wouldn’t recommend using sunscreen (at least not the conventional ones), but check out this alternative recipe you can apply when going out in the sun.
When choosing tar-based products, note that they can vary in quality thus effectiveness dramatically. My friendly word of advice is not to look for cheaper brands and products because they will automatically have a lower tar concentration. As you know, the higher the concentration of tar, the more potent the product.
Now, let’s debunk some remaining coal tar beliefs and get the elephant out of the room.
People believe tar coal can give you cancer. In fact, studies have shown to do so. So why on earth am I advising you to use it despite all this? Well because those studies are based on large amounts of tar. When I say large I mean as in what is used in industrial paving. And who needs that amount of coal tar anyway?
The FDA stated 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.
So there you have it, your effective remedy against psoriasis. Start using it right now, or share this with those who are affected and thank me later.
Oh, and one last thing, protect your bed-linen, clothing and even your light-colored hair of tar as it can stain them and you won’t be able to get it off.
To Your Healthy Skin,