Napthalene Preparation for Psoriasis
Title: A new naphthalene preparation in the
management of psoriasis.
Authors: Lipozencic J
Publication: Acta Dermatovenerol Croat. 2005;13(3):189.
Naphthalene or tar camphor is a white crystalline compound derived
from naphtha, which itself is distilled from coal tar or petroleum.
Brown naphthalene has been used for 15 years in the treatment
of psoriasis in Ivanic Grad, Croatia.
The author reported a new naphthalene oil preparation rich in
sterans, the chemical constituent believed to be its active ingredient,
called Naphthalene AA-Final.
To determine the efficacy of this new compound, the author enrolled
a pilot study with 11 patients with psoriasis vulgaris. These
patients applied the Naphthalene AA-Final solution once daily
for 3 weeks. The author found that the average PASI (Psoriasis
Area and Severity Index) score improved from 22.4 before treatment
to 7.85 after treatment.
The author also reported that Naphthalene AA-Final was well tolerated
and had no side effects in blood and biochemical parameters.