Treat and care for your scalp with Polytar

Polytar is a medicated coal tar scalp shampoo for the treatment of scalp conditions such as psoriasis, seborrhoeic dermatitis, eczema, dandruff, scaling and itchiness. Watch our animation to find out the science behind how Polytar works and how you could incorporate it into your scalp care routine.

Polytar Scalp Shampoo Coal Tar Solution 4%

Caring relief for your scalp

Polytar Scalp Shampoo contains the active ingredient coal tar, a thick oil with anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-itch properties. It works to cleanse and soothe the scalp.


  • Treats dandruff

  • Coal tar ingredient helps reduce dry scales

  • Relieves scalp itching and inflammation

  • Slows the rate of skin cell growth

Recommended Dosage

This medicine is for topical application to the scalp. The hair should be rinsed and a sufficient amount of shampoo applied to produce an abundant lather.
The scalp and adjacent areas should be massaged with the fingertips. The hair should then be thoroughly rinsed and the procedure repeated. Taking both of these shampoo applications into consideration, the total leave on time for the shampoo should be 3-5 minutes.
This medicine should be used once or twice weekly for the treatment of scalp disorders. If symptoms persist, please consult your GP.

Available in:

150ml size bottles


Do not use if you are allergic to any of the ingredients or have had a reaction to coal tar. Do not use on infected open or damaged skin or pus-filled blisters. Talk to your GP before using Polytar if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not use if you are in the first trimester of pregnancy. Polytar Scalp Shampoo can cause side effects, although they are rare. Stop taking this medicine and tell your doctor immediately if you experience any allergic reactions. These may include developing a rash, swelling of the mouth or face or having difficulty breathing. Stop taking the medicine and tell your doctor if you experience eye irritation, unusual hair loss or thinning, eczema (itchy skin rash), hair colour changes, abnormal hair texture, sensitivity to sunlight, skin irritation (skin may be dry, red or itchy, you may feel a burning sensation on the skin) or skin pain, rash or swelling at the application site. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using this medicine if you are taking any prescribed medicines particularly ones that may make you more sensitive to sunlight such as thiazides (water tablets), some antibiotics (e.g. tetracyclines) and tranquillizers (e.g. phenothiazines).

Polytar Scalp Shampoo is used to treat scalp conditions such as psoriasis (thickened patches of inflamed, red skin, often covered by silvery scales), seborrhoeic dermatitis (red, scaly, itchy scalp), eczema (itchy skin rash), itchiness and scaling due to these conditions and dandruff. Use of Polytar is suitable for adults and children aged 12+. Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children and pets. Do not store above 25°C. Do not use after the expiry date given on the bottle. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month. For external use only, if symptoms persist, please consult your doctor.