Sebco Coconut Oil Compound Ointment – 100g

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What is Sebco?

Sebco is an ointment containing coal tar, salicylic acid and sulfur mixed in coconut oil and white soft paraffin. This ointment has antiseptic properties and is designed to relieve the symptoms of dry, scaly or itchy skin on the scalp caused by psoriasis, eczema, seborrhoeic dermatitis and dandruff. 

How to use Sebco

Always use this ointment exactly as described in the patient information leaflet or as your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist has told you. If your symptoms are mild, you should use Sebco intermittently as necessary (once a week, for example). In severe scaly scalp conditions, you may need to apply Sebco daily for 3-7 days until your symptoms are under control. 

Pierce the tube opening by inverting the cap and affix the scalp applicator to the threaded portion of the tube. Part the hair and apply a thin layer of ointment to the affected areas of your scalp, taking care to avoid contact with your eyes or any clothing/jewellery. Gently rub the ointment into your scalp and leave it for approximately one hour - wash your hands immediately after applying. After an hour, remove the ointment by showering or rinsing with warm water. If there’s no improvement after 4 weeks, consult your doctor. 

How does this product work? 

The active ingredients in Sebco are coal tar, salicylic acid and sulfur. These work to help break down excess keratin in the skin, a protein that is responsible for scaling and thickening in the skin. With its antiseptic properties, Sebco can also help to kill any bacteria living on the scalp. 

What causes dandruff? 

Dandruff is a common skin condition that causes white or grey flakes of skin to appear on the scalp and in the hair. It can be embarrassing but it’s nothing to be ashamed of and it’s not caused by poor hygiene. It’s thought that stress and cold weather can make dandruff worse, and it can be caused by any of the following conditions: 

  • Seborrheic dermatitis

  • Tinea capitis (ringworm)

  • Eczema

  • Contact dermatitis

  • Psoriasis

  • Cradle cap (in babies)

If you find that your scalp is very itchy, red or swollen or your dandruff is particularly bad, a product like Sebco can help to ease your symptoms. If these problems still persist after a month, you should see your GP for further advice. 

When should Sebco not be used? 

Sebco should usually be suitable for most people, but you must not use this product if you are allergic to coal tar, salicylic acid, sulfur or any of the other ingredients. Avoid Sebco if you have an acute infection of the skin, symptoms of which usually include swelling, pain, redness and pus. Tell your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before using Sebco if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or taking any other medicines. 

Are there any side effects?

As with all medicines, Sebco can sometimes cause side effects but not everyone will experience them. The following side effects have been reported: 

  • Irritation of the skin

  • Inflammation of the hair follicles causing soreness and small pus-filled spots around the base of the hairs

  • A sensitivity rash to sunlight (rare) 

If you experience any side effects, including any not included in the patient information leaflet, you can report them using the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme

Storage information

Store below 25°C in a cool, dry place out of sight and reach of children. Do not use this medicine after the expiry date, referring to the last day of the month stated on the packaging. Discard the tube no later than 4 weeks after opening.

Important information

This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to

If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.

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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.

Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.

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