To Pine Tar or Not To Pine Tar...
Pine Tar Soap
What is Pine Tar?
Pine tar is a sticky material produced by the high temperature carbonization of pine wood in anoxic conditions. The wood is rapidly decomposed by applying heat and pressure in a closed container; the primary resulting products are charcoal and pine tar.
Pine Tar in History
Pine Tar Soap is the OG of natural soaps. Used by early Americans, pine tar traditionally was added to soap when a skin rash or dandruff was a problem.
Pine Tar has been used in medicine for over 2000 years, and most likely since the Iron Age in Scandinavia, where it was used to preserve wood for ships. Its use spread along shipping routes to the American British Colonies.
Hippocrates wrote of pine tar in Ancient Greece, as well.
How Pine Tar Soap Helps Skin
According to Australasian Journal of Dermatology in an article it published in 2017.
Pine tar is thought to exert its effect by reducing DNA synthesis and mitotic activity, which promotes a return to normal keratinisation. In addition, pine tar has been shown to be antipruritic, anti‐inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal.
These characteristics of pine tar and pine tar soap mean that using pine tar soap will help with eczema, psoriasis, and itchy or dry skin. This is for topical use only. DO NOT EAT PINE TAR. JUST PUT IT ON YOUR SKIN.
Pine Tar Regulation
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not allowed pine tar to be sold as an over-the-counter drug since the 1950s, along with dozens of other products. However, in Australia, pine tar has been included in lotions and oils for 70 years, where pine tar is produced by the old-fashioned burning of pine tree stumps.