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Last updated on 13/07/2021.

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DRUG CLASS: Antipruritics


USED FOR: Skin irritation

– 2.3% (bath oil)
– 1.6% (gel)
– 2.3 % (solution)

What is Pinetarsol?

Pinetarsol is a type of coal oil. It exerts antiseptic, antibacterial and antiseborrheic properties to treat skin irritation, such as hand eczema and athlete’s foot.

How to use it?

Pinetarsol can be applied on skin as bath oil, gel or solution. Bath oil and solution have the same usage, but the former one is non-greasy and water dispersible compared to the later one. 

Bath oil and Solution:
For bathing, add 15-30mL (5mL for baby’s bath) to a tepid bath and bathe for 5-10 minutes once daily, then pat skin dry.
For showering, apply the oil directly to wet skin and leave it for a few minutes. Then rinse it and pat the skin dry. 

Apply the gel to wet skin, smooth gently, and leave it for a few minutes. Then rinse it and pat the skin dry.

What are the side effects of Pinetarsol?

Common side effects of Pinetarsol include skin rash and skin irritation.

Who should not take Pinetarsol?

People who are allergic to coal oil, triethanolamine lauryl sulfate (only for solution), or any component of the formulation

Pharmacist Tips:

– Shake the solution and bath oil well before use.
– Wash hands before and after using.
– Avoid contact with eyes.
– Avoid soap as soap may irritate the affected skin.

Common dosing schedule:

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Pinetarsol may interact with:
No known significant interactions.

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Pinetarsol in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Pinetarsol is an over-the-counter medicine and can be purchased without a prescription from any retail outlet in Hong Kong. This includes grocery stores, convenience stores, medicine shops, and pharmacies. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Pinetarsol in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.