It is a product of natural origin obtained by dry distillation of sulfur rich oil shale. It is used in medicines as a remedy for treating topical skin diseases, including eczema and psoriasis.
It is commonly used in 10% or 20% concentrate ointment and is also called “Black ointment” or “drawing salve”
Ichthammol is pharmacologically having anti-inflammatory, bactericidal, and fungicidal properties. It is used to treat eczema, psoriasis, Acne rosacea and acne, and it decreases microorganisms in the area surrounding a skin condition. It is commonly used in 10% or 20% concentrate ointment, applied topically.
It is also used for the topical treatment of ear infections. It is effective against Gram-positive organisms. The anti-inflammatory action is explained by its influence on the formation, secretion, and effect of inflammation mediators.