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How does coal tar treat psoriasis?

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Coal tar can help slow the growth of skin cells and make your skin look better. It too comes in many different forms. The weaker products are available over the counter. The shampoo helps treat scalp psoriasis.

Coal tar doesn't smell good, and it can irritate your skin and stain your clothes.

Follow the directions carefully. Some studies show that the chemicals in coal tar are cancerous, but this is only true at very high doses. It's safe to use these products if you follow your doctor's instructions.

SOURCES: 

Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD, associate director of dermatopharmacology, department of dermatology, New York University School of Medicine; co-director, Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Center; consultant for Amgen, Biogen, Genentech, Fujisawa, and 3M.

Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD, director of the Clinical Research Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York City; assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; consultant for Amgen and Genentech.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

American Academy of Dermatology.

American Academy of Dermatology, PsoriasisNet.

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Abel, E. "Dermatology III: Psoriasis," ACP Medicine, April 2005.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 12, 2018

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SOURCES: 

Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD, associate director of dermatopharmacology, department of dermatology, New York University School of Medicine; co-director, Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Center; consultant for Amgen, Biogen, Genentech, Fujisawa, and 3M.

Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD, director of the Clinical Research Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York City; assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; consultant for Amgen and Genentech.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

American Academy of Dermatology.

American Academy of Dermatology, PsoriasisNet.

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Abel, E. "Dermatology III: Psoriasis," ACP Medicine, April 2005.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 12, 2018

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