Pine tar is the end product of pine wood carbonisation following distillation using extreme heat. Pine tar has been used in medicine for more than 2000 years to treat a range of skin conditions because of its soothing and antiseptic properties. Pine tar should not be confused with coal tar. Pine tar has been shown to be antipruritic, anti‐inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal. These properties make pine tar suitable for the topical treatment of eczema, psoriasis, seborrhoeic dermatitis and other dry, itchy, flaky or inflamed skin conditions and can be used on the entire body, including the face. Irritation is uncommon, the long experience with topical pine tar therapy and its worldwide usage, suggests that pine tar is an effective treatment with minimal safety risk.