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Cutar Emulsion

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For treatment of Psoriasis

Steroid-free alternative to help stop itching, redness and scaling. Can be used as a medicated lotion or mixed with water for therapeutic soaks. More


Why use Cutar Emulsion?

(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 psoriasis cream-like Cutar and topical steroids are the same: to control itching, scaling, inflammation, and redness. Coal tar for psoriasis 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 lotion in addition to steroids to help reduce side effects. 


Steroid Side Effects

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.

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 coal tar lotion, generally stay better for longer periods of time, during and after their course of treatment with tar.

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. Good psoriasis lotion-like Cutar emulsion will not atrophy the skin.

To avoid or decrease the likelihood of side effects, many dermatologists recommend the use of coal tar lotion 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 psoriasis cream or as a bath oil for therapeutic cutar soaks.


Apply to affected areas one to four times daily or as directed by a doctor.

As a medicated lotion:

Gently rub a small amount of cutar lotion onto affected areas. Blot off excess with a tissue to help prevent staining of clothing or linens.

In the bath:

Pour a liberal quantity (6 to 10 capfuls) into the tub, making sure Cutar is well mixed. Soak for 10 to 20 minutes, or as directed by your doctor. After treatment, pat skin dry. GUARD AGAINST SLIPPING.

As a hand or foot soak:

Add 2 to 5 capfuls to a sink or basin. Mix well and soak for 5 to 10 minutes or as directed by your doctor.


Active Ingredient:

7.5% L.C.D. (equiv. To 1.5% Coal Tar).

Inactive Ingredients:

Water, Liquid Petrolatum, Extract Of Lanolin Alcohols, Mineral Wax, Beeswax, Acetylated Lanolin, Isopropyl Myristate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Sodium Tetraborate, Imidurea, Allantoin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance.


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  1. agent

    Using Cutar in conjunction with cutemol is very effective in keeping my psoriasis under control.

  2. Shla

    I’ve used Curtar for years, suggested by a dermatologist. It keeps the itch and inflammation down and doesn’t have side effects. I use cortisone ointments here and there, but they can cause skin thinning.

  3. Nick1776

    As a long time customer I am always happy with the results I get from Cutar Emulsion. Thanks for providing this product for so long. It’s easy to order and usually arrives in a couple days. I’m very pleased as usual.

  4. Mandy

    My son was diagnosed with psoriasis when he was 4 years old. He is now 6. When we first saw his specialist doctor, his body was about 80% covered in red itchy spots. She recommended he soak in this every night for six weeks. With doing that and his prescription creams he cleared within 2 weeks. It just helps balance out all the steroid creams he was taking. We use it now whenever he has bad breakouts. Seems to help clear a little faster.

  5. Ernie

    I have used Cutar for years. Its not perfect but it keeps Psoriasis in check better than all of the prescription topical treatments and it is not costly and risky like all the new “hot” drugs on the market. Even when the disease flares up, there is a cosmetic effect with Cutar. It hides it and works on it at the same time. Also, since the active ingredient is already several million years old, I don’t think this stuff has an expiration date.


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.