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Coal Tar Treatments

  • Exorex

    Exorex

    Exorex® is a highly innovative coal-tar-based topical dermatological preparation, indicated for the treatment of Psoriasis and Eczema. The range includes a lotion, a cream, a scalp moisturiser and a shampoo.

  • Alphosyl

    Alphosyl

    Alphosyl is a medicated shampoo containing: Coal tar, alcoholic extract of 5% w/w for the treatment of scalp disorders.

  • Polytar

    Polytar

    Polytar is a medicated scalp cleanser containing tar blend for the treatment of scaling scalp disorders including seborrhoeic dermatitis, psoriasis and dandruff.

  • Capasal Shampoo

    Capasal Shampoo

    A shampoo for the treatment of dry, scaly scalp conditions including psoriasis.

  • Sebco

    Sebco

    Sebco comes in a coconut oil compound that contains coal tar solution, which helps to ease dandruff and other scaly skin disorders.

Other Treatments

  • Ceanel

    Ceanel

    Ceanel concentrate contains Undecenoic acid 1% v/v, Cetrimide 10% w/v, Phenylethyl alcohol 7.5% v/v for the management of psoriasis of the scalp, seborrhoeic dermatitis, dandruff and psoriasis of the trunk and limbs. It acts as an antiseptic, fighting the fungi and bacteria that can affect patches of psoriasis.

  • Cetaphil

    Cetaphil

    Cetaphil is one of the most thoroughly studied moisturising and cleansing skin care range.

  • Dermalex

    Dermalex

    Dermalex products are steroid free and treats eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.

  • Derma Silk

    Derma Silk

    Drema Silk is a therapeutic clothing line that helps protect the skin for skin irritations from conditions such as eczema or dermatitis.

  • Dermal

    Dermal

    Dermal have a range of products like creams, bath additives, shampoo and more. Dermal Dithro creams have five different creams that are present in a 50 gram tube but all have different percentages of Dithranol to help with scalp psoriasis and skin.

  • Hope's Relief

    Hope's Relief

    A range of products that are resolved in the solving of sensitive skin problems including itchy dry skin. They are dedicated to educating people about the causes of itch dry skin and other irritated skin conditions.

  • Loyon

    Loyon

    Loyon for the gentle removal of scales and encrustations as in psoriasis or when scales appear anew during a psoriasis flare-up. Suitable for all ages.

  • Balmonds

    Balmonds

    Purepotions is a fantastic range of remedies for babies and people with dry skin.

  • QV

    QV

    QV is a range of skin care products for individuals with normal to dry or sensitive skin, and for people who are sensitive to particular ingredients found in other skin care products. QV is a gentle and effective soap-free range of cleansers and moisturisers, which offer the perfect solution for a healthy skin care regime.

  • Salcura

    Salcura

    A range formulated using natural oils, vitamins and minerals. Salcura products are free from parabens, steroids, and Petrochemicals and are designed to treat and care for problem skin such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, acne and thrush.
    Recommended psoriasis and eczema treatments are: Salcura Intensive and Salcura Zeoderm. Special Salcura offers available. Click here to view encouraging and successful Salcura Case Studies.

  • Zambesia Botanica

    Zambesia Botanica

    This skin care range contains an extract from the African 'sausage tree' and has proved useful in the healing of skin suffering from sun over-exposure and conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

Scalp Treatments

Natural Treatments

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Psoriasis Information

Frequently Asked Questions about Psoriasis

What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is the name given to a range of skin conditions characterised by scaly patches that can become inflamed. These scaly patches are known as plaques, and are typically caused by excessive production of skin.

How do I know if I have psoriasis?
There is no foolproof way of knowing whether or not you have psoriasis. The best way of knowing is to look at the symptoms. Psoriasis tends to happen in patches – known as plaques – that are often reddish and inflamed with a silvery-white scaly coating in parts. The scaly parts feel hard and rough and the whole area can be itchy. Psoriasis tends to be a persistent condition that reguarly improves for a while before getting worse again.

What causes psoriasis?
Psoriasis is often caused by an overproduction of skin. However, this is not the only cause. Little is really known about psoriasis and it may well be a combination of factors including diet, the immune system and skin irritants. It is thought that in some cases, psoriasis is caused by an overreaction by the immune system in the skin, but not all scientists agree with this view.

Is there a cure for psoriasis?
There is no cure for psoriasis that is 100% effective or that works for everyone. The best option for psoriasis sufferers is to use the available treatments to manage the condition.

How can I choose a treatment for psoriasis?
Because psoriasis can be caused by a number of factors, and the exact cause is not diagnosable, the only option that exists is to try a few treatments and to see which ones work the best. It’s a little disappointing that there is no easy answer – psoriasis is a very persistent and annoying condition!

What types of treatment exist for psoriasis?
  • Coal tar is a common ingredient in psoriasis treatments. One of the main symptoms of psoriasis is the presence of excessively thick, scaly skin. Coal tar breaks down this thick skin, leaving it softer and smoother. Coal tar also soothes itchy areas and acts as a mild antiseptic, which is useful in fighting fungal and microbial infections that can attack areas affected by psoriasis.
  • Emollients help to soothe and moisturise dry and irritated areas associated with psoriasis.
  • [** Itch relief=itching] treatments help to prevent the patient from scratching the skin, which can cause severe damage. Itch relief treatments can complement other treatments for psoriasis.
  • Dermatological soaps provide a means of washing the skin without causing irritation.
What do Express Chemist recommend for psoriasis?
We recommend in the first instance that you try a range of treatments to see which works best for you. Because psoriasis is often caused by an overproduction of skin, coal-tar treatments such as Exorex are often highly effective because the coal tar helps to break down and soften the excess skin. Coal tar is also present in shampoos such as Alphosyl, Capasal and Polytar, as well as Exorex Shampoo.

Other treatments are based on a variety of methods and formulations, and may work well for some people but not others, because of the variation of different types of psoriasis and the unpredictable nature of the condition.

Express Chemist recommend using emollients to treat the dryness, and soaps for sensitive skin.
Express Chemist recommend Eurax for relief from itching associated with psoriasis.