When I first discovered this unique and unconventional natural ingredient I didn’t quite know what to make of it. I had heard of its long time traditional use for skin ailments…and in baseball?? Yup…baseball.
Let me first tell you what it is and then you can draw your own conclusions. Wkipedia defines it as “.. a sticky material produced by the high temperature carbonization of pine wood in anoxic conditions (dry distillation or destructive distillation). The wood is rapidly decomposed by applying heat and pressure in a closed container; the primary resulting products are charcoal and pine tar.” So we clearly understand by its name and how it is produced that it is derived from a natural process of…burning pine wood.
What makes pine tar an essential must-have for the millions of individuals who suffer from varying degrees of skin discomforts?
Why isn’t the beauty and skincare industry talking about this?
When I first started researching this topic, I was not quite sure what to make of it. I was not sceptical, after-all, how can a natural remedy, adopted for over 2000 years to heal and sooth problem skin and insect bites NOT be effective? My question was rather, WHY wasn’t it used in more skincare products, and why wasn’t the beauty and skincare industry talking more about this useful and highly effective ingredient?
Further research led me to discover that it is as unique as it is rare to find pure, high-quality pine tar and in turn, to find products with pine tar as a main ingredient. Pharmaceutical companies have therefore found less expensive, yet not always natural, ingredients to replace the effects of pine tar in soaps, shampoos and topical creams.
How can pine tar help problem skin?
It appears, pine tar (as do other types of tars) has an antiproliferative effect, meaning it helps slow down the spreading and reproduction of cells, particularly malignant ones. The tar appears to act as a keratolytic agent (removes excess skin), thinning the ailed derma and reducing the density of the skin in the surrounding areas.
Pine tar has also been proven to have the following benefits for skin ailments:
- antipruritic (anti-itch)
- keratpolpalstic (thickens kearyin layers)
- cytostatic (inhibits cell growth)
Wow! I was certainly taken aback by all of this. Not only can’t we argue against its traditional use over centuries, but the available research on the effectiveness of pine tar is also quite clear.
What else can it be used for?
We don’t have to use pure pine tar on our skin…it is now found in ointments, soaps and shampoos. Ointments can also be used to alleviate and sooth the itching and peeling associated with sunburns, and is often used to heal cracked heels and dry elbows, as well as for insect bites.
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Who is this product for?
The Pine Tar Herbal Ointment has moisturizing properties and aids with the prevention and relief of common skin irritations and wounds. Also has anti-inflammatory and ant-bacterial properties. Helps with minor burns, lesions, acne, wounds, eczema, insect bites, nettle burns, psoriasis. Soothes and protects problematic skin. FOR ALL SKIN TYPES.
Now, to go back to the relationship between pine tar and baseball…have you figure it out yet?
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