Exorex Lotion is an effective psoriasis treatment. It combats the excessively thick, scaly skin and helps fight bacteria and fungus in affected areas.


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What is Exorex

Skin conditions can occur in individuals of all ages and can flare up at any time. They might include eczema, psoriasis and other complaints which result in red, inflamed, itchy, dry, flaky or cracked skin.

Topical treatments can be used to help calm the symptoms of these skin complaints, and Exorex Lotion is a cutaneous emulsion which has proven active ingredients to fight them effectively. It can be used alone, or as part of a wider skin care or treatment programme to get your skin in the best health, it can be.

Exorex is particularly effective when treating psoriasis. Psoriasis is a skin complaint that is caused (usually) by an overproduction of skin cells. This results in scaly patches known as plaques that are often reddish and inflamed and have a silvery-white scaly coating in parts. The scaly patches of skin feel rough and hard to the touch, and it is likely the whole area will be itchy and irritated. Psoriasis is sometimes difficult to diagnose, and symptoms may improve or get worse at different points. The causes of it are not fully known; it might be an overproduction of skin cells, but this is not always the case. It could also be due to diet and lifestyle factors, skin irritants, and some scientists believe that the immune system could even be the cause of it.

As comparatively little is known about psoriasis, it can be challenging to treat, and there are different remedies available. One that is known to help is coal tar, which is found in Exorex.

How does Exorex lotion work?

It is the active ingredient, coal tar, that works in the emulsion to treat the symptoms of psoriasis. Because psoriasis is often caused by an overproduction of the skin cells, Exorex is effective because it works to break down the hard, scaly excess skin produced. It will leave your skin feeling smoother and softer as a result.

The coal tar present will also work to soothe itchy areas to not only ease the discomfort but to prevent damage to the skin made by scratching. It also has mild antiseptic properties, which are useful in fighting microbial and fungal infections that can target exposed areas such as those created by psoriasis.

How effective is Exorex lotion?

Exorex Lotion is one of the most effective treatments of psoriasis thanks to its active ingredient, coal tar. This has been proven to combat the excessively thick and scaly skin which builds up in areas of psoriasis by breaking it down. Users can start to feel an improvement after the first application because it will also soothe the itch. Longer terms of use will result in a reduction in the hard skin, and Exorex will also help to fight bacteria and fungus that can occur in affected areas to result in better skin health.

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How should I use Exorex lotion?

Exorex Lotion is for external use and should be applied to the affected area only. Ensure the area is clean and dry, and then apply a thin layer. Gently massage into the skin until absorbed. Repeat this twice or 3 times per day.

For infants and the elderly, you can reduce the dose slightly by diluting the emulsion with a few drops of boiled, then cooled, water. This can also then be applied to affected areas 2 to 3 times per day by gently massaging into skin.

Exorex Lotion is suitable for use on all external skin areas which might be affected, including the scalp.

Be careful not to get the emulsion onto items which might discolour or stain, as this can be a problem with coal tar-based products.

How long do I use Exorex lotion for before I notice a difference?

Symptoms such as itching should start to be reduced from the first application of Exorex Lotion, and you may even see a slight improvement in the patches of scaly skin from the first use. The most benefit, however, will be seen from the continued use of the product.

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for psoriasis. Still, the use of a remedy such as Exorex Lotion during the outbreak should see a significant improvement in symptoms and quality of skin if used as directed.

Side effects

This is a medicated product, and as with any medicine, there can be side effects experienced. These are usually as a result of an allergic reaction to one of the ingredients. If any adverse effects are experienced, discontinue use immediately and speak to your doctor or healthcare professional. If you are in any doubt about the possible issues when using this product, speak to the experts at Click Pharmacy in advance of purchase, who will be happy to help.

When shouldn’t I use Exorex lotion?

Exorex Lotion is suitable for adults and children who want relief from dry, itchy and irritated skin. However, there are certain times when the emulsion should not be used. These include:

  • If you are allergic to coal tar or any of the other ingredients found in it. The ingredients are:
    • 5% v/w Cutaneous Emulsion Prepared Coal Tar
    • Polysorbate 80
    • Ethanol
    • Di-Alpha Tocopherol
    • Xanthan Gum
    • Vitamin F Ethyl Ester
    • Hydrogenated Polyoxyl Castor Oil
    • Propyl Hydroxybenzoate (E216)
    • Methyl Hydroxybenzoate (E218)
    • Purified Water
  • You have skin that reacts adversely to direct sunlight
  • You are suffering from acne or inflammation of the hair follicles
  • You have open wounds or broken skin
  • You are suffering from a condition called lupus erythematosus

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, speak to your GP before use.

If you are taking any other medication, speak to your GP before use.

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