Cutar Emulsion

4.50 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)


Steroid-free alternative to help stop itching, redness and scaling. 7.5% LCD (coal tar solution). Can be used as a medicated lotion or mixed with water for therapeutic soaks. Economical gallon size – save $334 over the same amount in 6 oz. bottles!

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Why use Cutar? (Or any coal tar for that matter!)

If you have been to a doctor for your psoriasis, you were probably prescribed a topical corticosteroid. Steroids are anti-inflammatory drugs used to help control psoriasis. Basically the goals of using a coal tar product like Cutar and topical steroids are the same: to control itching, scaling, inflammation and redness. Tar generally takes longer to work than topical steroids and has a characteristic odor. However steroids can have undesirable side effects that are causing more patients and their doctors to take another look at Cutar. Dermatologists often recommend Cutar in addition to steroids to help control the following steroid side effects:

  1. Steroid Rebound – sometimes when patients stop using topical steroids, their psoriasis returns quickly and often worse than the original outbreak. Cutar will generally keep skin clearer for a longer period of time after you stop treatment. However it generally takes longer for Cutar to begin showing results.

  2. Tachyphylaxis – Your medication stops working. Often patients will have success with a certain topical steroid, only to have it become less and less effective over time. Patients who get relief from tar, generally stay better for longer periods of time, during and after their course of treatment with tar.

  3. Skin Atrophy – thinning of the skin. Using topical steroids, especially more potent ones, for prolonged periods, may cause skin atrophy where the skin becomes very thin and more susceptible to damage. Cutar will not atrophy the skin.

To avoid or decrease the likelihood of side effects, many dermatologists recommend the use of coal tar either alone, or in combination with steroids to get the benefits of both products. Some patients can control psoriasis outbreaks rapidly with steroids, and then maintain clearing with coal tar over the long term, avoiding steroid side effects. Cutar can be used either as a medicated lotion or as bath oil for therapeutic soaks.

SPECIAL TIP: After applying Cutar as a lotion, wait approximately 60 seconds for it to be absorbed. Then cover Cutar with Cutemol Emollient Cream. This combination delivers both tar and very effective moisturizing action many patients have found to be an extremely effective, but very safe, approach for controlling their psoriasis. Important : If your dermatologist has given you specific instructions for the use of Cutar, follow your dermatologist’s directions first!

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6 oz., 1 gallon

2 reviews for Cutar Emulsion

  1. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This product is a great option to treat plaque psoriasis. I have had severe psoriasis for many years and have tried just about every topical prescription available, and photo therapy. I had used coal tar products in the past with little success, but after my last round of steroid therapy resulted in a massive rebound effect I decided to give Cutar another shot and stay diligent with it. I bought a gallon and applied twice a day for the first 8 weeks, then once a day. It began dramatically helping with the itching within a few weeks, and after about 8 weeks the scaling was all but non existent. Redness faded almost completely except for a few trouble spots after about 14 weeks. Now I apply once every other day and it keeps me mostly clear even in the cold dry New England winter. Overall an excellent product that is very cost effective (the $120 gallon lasted over 4 months and I was pretty much covered in psoriasis head to toe so I was using a lot) BUT you must be diligent and stick with it every single day for months before you start to see results. This is a great option for me, and I will be ordering another gallon when this one runs out.

  2. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This stuff works for me, takes a few weeks to see improvement, even longer on stubborn patches. Great for itch relief too. Giving 5 stars because its the only thing I’ve found to be worth using.

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