Product Type: Palmers hair care products
Newest Review: ... not going to touch this or help me at all. The GP prescribed Polytar, it was 500ml in size and it appears it can be bought i pharmacie... more
Not pretty but works like a treat!
Member Name: sammy00
Advantages: Really does work! Never fails me!
Disadvantages: Doesn't look or smell great!
As much as I love trying all there shiny and new shampoo's that come out - currently loving Lush's Jumping Juniper, every so often I always have to return to trusty Polytar shampoo once a month. I suffer with Seborrhoeic Dermatitis which started in my teenage years. Seborrhoeic dermatitis is scalp scaling so looks like dandruff but anti-dandruff shampoo's only worsen it. It means I had constant scaly, red itchy and inflamed skin all over my scalp. Before I was diagnosed I was going through bottle after bottle of various anti-dandruff shampoos's not realizing they were in fact prolonging the problem.
On a visit to a new hairdresser, which what has since been my current hairdresser, she recommend Polytar Liquid. As I was really getting desperate and my Doctor was doing nothing I thought I'd give anything a go and bought a bottle on my way home. This was 15 years ago and I'm still turning to it in my hour of need.
Polytar is a shampoo directed at helping scalp problems such as Seborrhoeic dermatitis, psoriasis and dandruff. It contains a Tar blend of pine tar, cade oil, coal tar and arachis oil
Coal Tar blend - know to help skin conditions for hundreds of years, and is a mild antiseptic and anti-inflammatory which helps to relieve any itching. Coal Tar also helped to break down the keratin that's forms part of the scalps skin makeup which speeds up the turnover of skin cells - this helps to reduce any scaling.
Directions of Use
You have to use the Polytar shampoo as you would a normal shampoo. Apply to wet hair and lather up. But with Polytar you need to be more aggressive. I normally lather up once, rinse our and repeat. When you have this second lather you really need to roughly massage it into your scalp for several minutes. I normally massage it vigorously for a few minutes then leave it on my hair and head while I finish in the shower. Then wash our thoroughly. If you need to use conditioner just apply on the very ends of you hair is necessary. You are instructed to use the shampoo once or twice a week, but I used it for 1 month with every wash when I first got it and it did no harm.
The ingredients in it are very strong so you may be best to do a skin test prior to use to be on the safe side.
The Shampoo itself is brown in colour and very watery. If you lather, rinse and repeat, the second lather is great. It will lather up immediately and give a nice rich lather to work with. I started lather, rinse and repeating as the first time you lather up the shampoo doesn't seem to work as well so I would recommend repeating the process. So the shampoo doesn't look great, and it does smell strongly of tar which is off-putting. The tar smell also stays on your hair for a few hours after your hair dries which isn't pleasant. Packaging wise, it comes in a plain brown plastic bottle with a white screw on lid. On the front of the bottle is Polytar in White writing and what it treats. On the back are ingredients and directions of use. Overall the shampoo isn't appealing and it's not something you would look at when shopping for shampoo, but it worth trying if you have Seborrhoeic dermatitis, psoriasis and dandruff, it may not look or smell great but it works wonders!
Results and Verdict
When I first began using the Polytar Shampoo as mentioned I used it with every wash for about a month and I can honestly say it worked. Within 4 washes my scalp had stopped itching, the redness has gone and the scaly shedding skin was significantly. Within 1 month all by Seborrhoeic dermatitis had gone! Occasionally I get a bout back and I always have a bottle of Polytar in my cabinet and use it straight away, again within a couple of uses the symptoms disappear again. It really is a miracle shampoo!
It can be difficult to find and I have only ever managed to buy it out of larger Boots stores and the occasional chemist, you can buy it in a 250ml bottle which is usually priced around £3.00.
Summary: A back up I'll always have in my bathroom cabinet!