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Coal Tar

coal tar

Coal tar is no longer legal in cosmetics.  It was banned in 2005, in the process destroying two really well known brands: Vosene and Wright’s Coal Tar soap.  There was evidence that coal tar could cause cancer. This was based on various bits of information, but most convincingly by an increased incidence in cancer amongst people who worked with it.  Speaking as someone who has worked with it myself, I think this is a good enough reason to ban it.  It is best to be safe, even if it was never shown that it did any harm to people who actually used the products containing it.   In fact you can still buy coal tar shampoos, but only ones that are registered as pharmaceuticals. Continue reading