Psorent Psoriasis Topical Solution

by NeoStrata   
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$45 - 3.4 fl. oz.
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Skin Care > Specialty Products > Specialty Skin Care Products
Last Updated:
12/3/2014
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No
Tested On Animals:
No

This specialty skin-care product is designed for those battling psoriasis. Its active ingredient, 2.3% coal tar, is a very old and very effective remedy with a great deal of research showing its success in treating many forms of psoriasis. Coal tar inhibits certain skin substances that trigger cell proliferation, thus reducing the appearance of psoriasis. The benefit can be enhanced when coal tar is combined with UV light exposure. Referred to as the Goeckerman regimen, it involves dermal application of a crude coal tar (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon) and exposure to UV radiation. Coal tar also can be combined with other psoriasis medications like topical steroids (Source: International Journal of Dermatology, August 2008, pages 800–805).

Because coal tar makes the skin more sensitive to UV light, extreme caution is advised when you combine coal tar use with UV therapy (or exposure to the sun) to avoid getting a severe burn or causing significant skin damage. Other downsides to coal tar are the irritation it can cause, the unpleasant smell, and its tendency to stain clothes.

Psorent is a clinically-proven solution designed to help relieve the symptoms of psoriasis such as itching, scaling, flaking, redness and irritation. This steroid-free formulation is fast-drying and applies easily with a convenient, no-mess applicator. The convenient "dab-on" delivery system allows for direct application without touching either the solution or the plaque, and avoids stains, odor and messiness. 15% liquor carbonis distillate (LCD) is absorbed quickly into the skin through a special vehicle - liquid wax. Liquid wax creates a light-occlusive barrier on psoriatic plaques that significantly reduces the odor and staining associated with traditional coal tar products. Psorent is a highly effective, safe topical treatment for psoriasis and helps to prevent recurrence when used regularly. One bottle is approximately a 90-day supply for mild to moderate psoriasis depending on the severity and surface area.

Active: Coal Tar 2.3% (from Coal Tar Topical Solution, USP 15%), Other: Cyclomethicone, Dioctyldodecyl Dodecanedioate, Ethyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Polyoxyethylene (2) Oleyl Ether, Propylene glycol, Triethyl Citrate

Exfoliation is the name of the game for this line! The original NeoStrata and Exuviance brands were created by Drs. Eugene Van Scott and Ruey Yu, the two researchers who own the original patent (actually, they hold over 80 patents) for the use of glycolic acid (AHA) in relation to its ability to diminish wrinkles, among other capabilities. Few lines offer reliable and effective formulations for exfoliation, so those that do deserve your attention. Well-formulated AHA products are those that have an effective concentration of AHAs and a base with an acidic pH that allows them to have maximum benefit. The exfoliation that AHAs provide reduces the thickness of the skin's outer layer, helping skin to quickly look smoother and feel softer, which in turn can solve many skin problems, including dryness, blemishes, sun damage, and skin discolorations. A good deal of research also shows that AHAs can help increase the thickness of the underlying layers of skin, improve skin structure, increase collagen production, and allow penetration of other skin-care ingredients. Moreover, NeoStrata is one of the only companies to sell a range of reliable sunscreens that also contain effective AHA formulations.

Both the Exuviance (Exuviance products are reviewed separately), NeoCeuticals and NeoStrata lines contain glycolic acid (AHA), but even more of these products contain a polyhydroxy acid (PHA) called gluconolactone (also patented by Scott and Yu), and for which similar claims are made. Gluconolactone is supposed to be gentler and longer acting than glycolic acid, and its delayed penetration is attributed to its larger molecular size. However, according to an article in Cosmetic Dermatology (July 1998), the skin can't tell the difference between the various effective AHAs, and the possibility of gluconolactone staying on the surface of skin longer than other AHAs did not prove out. So in terms of exfoliation and potential side effects, PHA ends up being as good as AHA. Gluconolactone may be slightly less irritating for some skin types, but this isn't quite the magic bullet for exfoliation NeoStrata claims, though it does indeed work when properly formulated (but so do glycolic and lactic acids). Another PHA NeoStrata uses is lactobionic acid. However, there is no definitive, published research establishing it as an effective alternative to (or partner for) other AHAs or BHA.

Beyond the numerous products that exfoliate (which is NeoStrata's main selling point) there's not much to get excited about, especially for what the company is charging. And it's upsetting that a dermatologist-driven, physician-sold line still has weak spots such as the occasional inclusion of irritating ingredients with no established benefit for skin and, believe it or not, a sunscreen that leaves skin vulnerable to UVA damage. NeoStrata has their act together when it comes to AHAs and PHA, but that tunnel vision has, in some respects, kept them from branching out to offer a better assortment of state-of-the-art products.

For more information about NeoStrata, call (800) 225-9411 or visit www.neostrata.com.

Note: NeoStrata's range of products is advertised as being available only through physicians. However, the entire selection is available for purchase online. The Exuviance brand is sold in select department stores and specialty beauty boutiques such as Ulta.

Caution: Keep in mind that skin needs only one reliable exfoliant at a time. NeoStrata sells so many good ones, you may be tempted to double (or triple) up, but doing so can backfire and be more irritating than helpful.

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  1. Pam
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 02, 2014
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    Stains clothes and sheets
    • I have been using the NeoStrata lotion plus 15 AHA for 15 years. It helps make your skin smooth and helps with oily break outs. I am 62 and my skin does look really good, but it does not help with sagging. I am not sure if it really works good or it is just genetics, because my mother had great skin and she used soap & water. BEWARE it will bleach out you fav top and destroy colored sheets and pillow cases. Says nothing on the bottle and the cost of clothes & bedding, stopped using daily.

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