Re­liev­ing itch with­out scratching

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WITH Sebitar and Pine­tar­sol, Ego Pharm Malaysia of­fers headto-toe cleans­ing prod­ucts to re­lieve itch and avoid scratching.

Why do we itch?

Itch­ing is the body’s way of telling us that there is prob­lem with our skin. The itch trig­gers us to move our hand to the source to scratch away at it. This is the body’s way of at­tempt­ing to alert us to the da­m­age to our skin from ex­ter­nal ir­ri­ta­tion.

The prob­lem with scratching

The prob­lem with scratching is that it can cause da­m­age to the skin and lead to in­fec­tion and scar­ring, re­sult­ing in a more com­pli­cated con­di­tion to treat. Scratching will in­crease in­flam­ma­tion. By break­ing this itch­scratch cy­cle, we are less likely to ex­ac­er­bate the con­di­tion.

Avoid soap

While our first in­stinct may be to scratch, our next step is to try and clean the af­fected area. Most peo­ple use soap to cleanse, but soap-based prod­ucts should be avoided as nor­mal al­ka­line soaps will re­move the skin’s nat­u­ral acid pro­tec­tion against in­fec­tion and may ir­ri­tate or ex­ac­er­bate the con­di­tion.

Most soaps also con­tain fra­grance and colour, which can ir­ri­tate al­ready sen­si­tive skin. When cleans­ing, es­pe­cially in the case of itchy skin or scalp, we should re­place or­di­nary soap with a soap al­ter­na­tive such as Sebitar for the scalp and Pine­tar­sol for the skin.

Sebitar – de­signed to help with itchy scalp con­di­tions

Sebitar con­tains pine tar and coal tar so­lu­tion to pro­vide anti-in­flam­ma­tory and anti-itch re­lief for scalp con­di­tions such as se­b­or­rhoeic der­mati­tis, pso­ri­a­sis, eczema and other scalp con­di­tions.

The mild sur­fac­tants help pre­vent ex­ces­sive dry­ing of the hair and scalp. Sebitar main­tains the nat­u­ral acid pro­tec­tion of the scalp against in­fec­tion and will not af­fect permed or tinted hair.

Pine­tar­sol – re­lieves red and itchy skin con­di­tions

Pine­tar­sol is spe­cially for­mu­lated with pine tar. Pine­tar­sol helps to al­le­vi­ate red and itchy skin caused by many skin con­di­tions in­clud­ing atopic eczema, con­tact der­mati­tis, pso­ri­a­sis, tinea, jock itch, ring­worm, chicken pox, nappy rash and hives.

It gen­tly cleanses with­out ir­ri­tat­ing in­flamed skin like soap can, and it is pH-balanced to main­tain the skin’s nat­u­ral pro­tec­tion.

– Pine­tar­sol Bath Oil con­tains light liq­uid paraf­fin to help keep the skin mois­turised.

– Pine­tar­sol Gel is suitable for red and itchy skin con­di­tions, on the face or other lo­calised ar­eas.

– Pine­tar­sol So­lu­tion is suitable for red and itchy skin con­di­tions that af­fect large ar­eas of the body.

The next time you feel an itch com­ing on and are tempted to scratch, reach for Sebitar for the scalp or Pine­tar­sol for the skin in­stead. The prod­uct is avail­able in all lead­ing phar­ma­cies and hospi­tal phar­ma­cies.

This ar­ti­cle is brought to you by Ego Pharm Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

For de­tails, log on to or call 03-7956 8868. KKLIU No.1267/2017

Ego Pharm Malaysia’s head-to-toe cleans­ing prod­ucts can help one to re­lieve itch and avoid scratching.

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