A birch is a tree whose gifts people have long learned to use for their own benefit. The beneficial qualities of birch sap and birch buds are known, but even the bark of this tree is in the service of beauty and health in people. In addition to the fact that paper is made from it, tar is also obtained from the bark. It is widely used in medicine and cosmetology, as this product has a wide range of useful qualities. Among them are antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, effect. Birch tar is added to various cosmetics: shampoos, soaps, and creams.
Regular use of tar soap allows you to get rid of acne from the skin, helps to absorb psoriatic plaques, and also helps to fight various skin diseases.
- Features of tar soap
- Features of the use of tar soap
- How to make tar soap yourself
Features of tar soap
It is a mistake to think that tar soap is 100% tar. There is no more than 10% of this substance in it, and the remaining 90% is soap. However, even this 10% is enough to feel the antibacterial, drying, anti-inflammatory and antifungal effects. This is possible due to the presence of phenol and alkali derivatives in tar soap, which effectively fight bacteria, viruses and fungi.
Tar soap is a low cost product. However, its price does not in any way affect the effectiveness of this cosmetic product.
The benefits of tar soap
The benefits of tar soap are so great that it is difficult to underestimate it. Tar soap can be used to treat not only the skin, but also the hair.
It is successfully used to solve the following problems:
- Scalp treatment. Tar soap is subject to diseases such as: oily and dry seborrhea, rashes of an allergic nature, psoriasis of the scalp. It will not be possible to completely get rid of psoriasis with the help of tar soap, however, thanks to it, you can significantly reduce the symptoms of this dermatological disease.
- Head lice treatment. Using tar soap, you can get rid of lice. It will take a lot of time to solve this problem if you use tar soap as an antiparasitic agent. However, the advantage of its use comes down to the absolute safety of the product for children and adults.
- Getting rid of acne and blackheads on the face. Tar soap is great for people with oily skin. It narrows pores well, removes greasy shine, has a disinfectant effect and prevents the appearance of acne.
Treatment of dermatological diseases. Tar soap gives a pronounced regenerating effect, therefore it is widely used for such skin diseases as: eczema, dermatitis, seborrhea, psoriasis. The use of tar soap helps to increase blood flow to the treated areas.
- Thrush treatment. Tar soap is used as an adjuvant for vaginal candidiasis. In addition, it can be used for intimate hygiene, since the product has antibacterial, antimycotic and antiviral effects.
- Prevention and treatment of foot fungus. For this purpose, it is necessary to wash your feet with tar soap as often as possible. It is good to leave the foam on the problem area for 15 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water. This is a very effective procedure for getting rid of foot fungus.
- Prevention of influenza. It has been found that tar soap is no less effective against influenza strains than oxolinic ointment. Therefore, in order to prevent a viral infection, it is necessary to lather your finger and lubricate the nasal passages with it. You should do this procedure every time before visiting public places.
Is there any harm from tar soap?
Tar soap, especially when used improperly, can be harmful. Its main disadvantage is that it dries the skin a lot. Therefore, people with dry and sensitive dermis should stop using it. If, nevertheless, it was decided to use tar soap, then it is imperative to soften and moisturize the skin with fatty creams.
Another disadvantage of tar soap is its pungent smell. Although for the sake of achieving the set goals, you can put up with this feature.
Features of the use of tar soap
Tar soap is only suitable as an external agent. It is widely used for therapeutic and cosmetic purposes. However, you should not use soap too often. It is not recommended to apply soap to the skin more often than 1-2 times a day.
The frequency of using tar soap
You can use tar soap for the following procedures:
- Washing head;
- Performing intimate hygiene;
- Face and body washing;
- Prevention of various dermatological diseases.
Lather well before applying soap to your skin or hair. You can use a washcloth to wash your body. The face is washed with hands or with a special brush. The lather should be applied to the hair and scalp for a few minutes.
As for the frequency of use of tar soap, it depends on the type of human skin and on the part of the body to which it is applied:
- Twice a day you can wash your face with soap and tar for oily skin type.
- Use soap no more than 3 times a week for combination skin.
- Soap should be used no more than 3-4 times a month for dry skin.
- Intimate hygiene is carried out no more than 3 times a week with the help of tar soap.
- Hair is washed with tar soap foam as needed. It is not applied to the entire length of the hair, but only to the scalp and roots.
The benefits of tar soap for the scalp
With the help of tar soap, you can get rid of dandruff, relieve itching. It is good to use this cosmetic product for people with oily scalp, as it has a drying effect. In addition, hair begins to grow stronger, hair loss decreases, and it becomes stronger and healthier.
Many women are afraid to use tar soap because of its unpleasant smell. However, it wears out very quickly. To speed up this process, you can use special masks or balms with perfumery fragrances.
Use warm water to wash your hair. It's good if it is soft. This can be achieved by adding regular soda to the tap water. Beat the soap into a lather before applying it to your hair. Do not rub the foam into the hair shaft itself. It is enough to apply it only to the roots.
Often, after shampooing, the hair loses its shine and is difficult to comb. To avoid this, you need to rinse them with herbal decoction, lemon juice or water with the addition of acetic acid.
Do not expect that after using tar soap, your hair will gain density and strength. It may take at least a month of regular use for a positive effect to appear. Sometimes women, after a month's use of tar soap, refuse shampoos and completely switch to this remedy.
Getting rid of lice with tar soap
Since ancient times, tar has been used to get rid of parasites. Its popularity is due to the safety of this product for human health. But tar soap has little effectiveness in the treatment of head lice. It will take a lot of effort to get rid of lice using it.
It is most convenient to use liquid soap to remove parasites.
Here are two aspen recipes:
- On wet hair, apply tar soap, soak for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water. After the procedure, you need to carefully comb the hair with a fine comb.
- The second option: thoroughly lather damp hair and leave the foam for an hour, after wrapping your head with plastic wrap and a towel. After an hour, wash off the soap and comb out the hair with a comb.
Tar soap can be used to treat and prevent fleas in pets.
Treating acne with tar soap
Using tar soap, you can quickly get rid of acne. The fact is that tar has an antibacterial, absorbent and disinfectant effect. Therefore, it is widely used to get rid of acne, acne and other purulent skin rashes.
If acne is observed only on a limited area of the body or face, then it is worth lathering only them, without affecting the healthy dermis. After the soap is washed off, you need to treat the skin with lotion and apply a moisturizer to it. Do not use alcohol-based lotions to treat the dermis, as this will increase dryness.
To get rid of acne, you will need to regularly use tar soap for 14-30 days, and sometimes less. As soon as the rash on the face disappears, one should abandon such frequent use of soap with tar. For prophylactic purposes, you can apply it to the skin once every two weeks.
You should not use peels during treatment with tar soap. This applies to any masks, scrubs, chemical and mechanical peels. If, after a while, even minor rashes appear on the face again, it is necessary to start using tar soap again. This will help prevent acne from affecting large areas of the skin.
For facial skin care, it is convenient to use liquid soap rather than lumpy soap. At the same time, the form of release of the product does not in any way affect its properties.
Tar soap face mask
It is very good to use a mask with tar soap for those people whose skin is abundantly covered with acne.
The rules for the procedure are as follows:
- Lather your hands well, until a copious foam forms on them.
- Apply lather gently to face.
- Leave on for a while, until the foam starts to dry.
- When a feeling of tightness appears, wash off the foam.
- First, the face is rinsed with warm and then cool water.
- The final stage of the procedure is to moisturize the skin with a fat cream.
After such a mask, the skin will become tightened, smooth and tender.
A point compress made of tar soap for the treatment of acne and acne
The soap must be carefully scraped with a fingernail and the resulting crumb applied to the pimple. A little foam is applied on top of the dry soap. This compress should be left overnight. In the morning it will be possible to evaluate the results: the pimple will become much smaller.
It is good to do this compress twice a day. If your skin feels dry, you can use moisturizers.
How to make tar soap yourself
Since tar soap has a wide range of useful qualities, it is good to always have it on hand. The soap can be purchased at any household chemical store. Its price ranges from 15 to 30 rubles.
However, you can cook such a healthy product yourself.
This will require the following components:
- Birch tar, which can be purchased at the pharmacy;
- Baby or laundry soap;
- Coarse grater and tablespoon;
- Dishes for preparing a water bath;
- Form for soap.
Stages of making tar soap:
- Grate the soap (baby or household).
- Put the soap in a water bath.
- It is important to ensure that the water does not boil. When the soap starts to melt, you need to add a little water to it. The resulting mixture should be stirred continuously.
- When the composition becomes sticky, tar must be added to it. One bar of soap will require 2 tbsp. fly in the ointment.
- All components must be thoroughly mixed.
- When the mixture becomes uniform in color, remove the soap from heat, cool to 50 ° C and pour into molds.
If the soap will cool down at room temperature, then you should not cover it with anything. When the soap is taken out into fresh air to eliminate odor, cover the molds with foil or cloth.
The shelf life of this soap is 2 years. It is best to store it wrapped in paper. Home-made soap lathers just like a store product, and it won't dry out your skin as much.
It should be understood that tar soap solves only cosmetic problems, that is, it acts locally. For the treatment of skin diseases, systemic therapy is often required, for which it is necessary to seek medical advice.
Although the modern cosmetic market offers a lot of skin care products, tar soap remains a popular product. And it's not just the price, the tar soap really works. Therefore, millions of men and women use it for medicinal, cosmetic and health-improving purposes.
The author of the article: Sokolova Nina Vladimirovna | Phytotherapist
Education: Diploma in "General Medicine" and "Therapy" received at the Pirogov University (2005 and 2006). Advanced training at the Department of Phytotherapy at the Peoples' Friendship University of Moscow (2008).