The basic hair care routine of massaging the hair with oil, followed by shampooing, is familiar to all. There are a variety of shampoos in the market, right from those containing exotic fruit extracts, to the ones containing coal tar. Coal tar shampoo is a medicinal shampoo that is used to cure certain diseases and disorders.
The Uses of this Shampoo
This shampoo is used to treat hair problems such as dry and itchy scalp, flaking of skin, excessive dandruff, psoriasis, etc. Coal tar is said to be a keratolytic agent. It makes skin shed the superficial dead skin cells that hang on as skin tags. It slows down the growth of skin cells, which in turn leads to a decrease in the scaling, and dryness of the scalp. Consequently, it also decreases the itchiness of the scalp, which is the reason why the shampoo is being evaluated for the treatment of lice.
Method to Use these Shampoos
Ideally, the package will guide you on how to use this product, which is meant for hair and scalp only. Take the coal tar shampoo, and apply it on wet hair. Then, massage it until a lather is formed, and allow it to remain on the scalp for a while. You have to ensure that the product reaches the scalp, or else, the desired results would not be obtained. Never let the product come in contact with the eyes, because it can prove to be a strong irritant for the eye. Follow the guidelines given by the dermatologist, when it comes to the dose, frequency, and the duration for which this product must be used. The overzealous use of this product could adversely affect its efficacy, and even lead to certain side effects.
Side Effects of the Shampoo
There are quite a few side effects of this medicinal shampoo. Firstly, there may be slight skin, or scalp irritation due to allergy towards the product, in which case, you should immediately stop its usage. Some people may have a reaction to it, and might develop acne due to clogging of the pores containing hair follicles. Other side effects include dizziness, rashes, itching, swelling in the head region, etc. There is speculation that the shampoo, and cancer may be related, that is, excessive usage of it may lead to cancer. However, these claims are still being investigated, and there is no proof to quantify them as yet.
Usually, this is a shampoo whose keratolytic effects help to reduce the severity of symptoms of psoriasis and eczema to a considerable extent. Keep this shampoo at a safe distance from children as it is poisonous if swallowed. This shampoo should be kept away from your clothing as well, because it could stain clothes. This shampoo should ideally be stored at room temperature. It is very important to consult a certified dermatologist, before you proceed for the usage of this particular shampoo.
Disclaimer: This HairGlamourista article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.