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How Does Tanning Help Psoriasis?
by M. GIDEON HOYLE Last Updated: Aug 14, 2017
Psoriasis is a chronic condition triggered by abnormal accelerations in the life cycle of affected skin. These accelerations create a buildup of dead skin cells and promote the formation of thick scales and red patches that may itch or cause significant pain. In some cases, the light used in commercial tanning beds may ease psoriasis symptoms. However, the risks of tanning far outweigh any boosts in psoriasis relief.
Understanding Light Therapy
Light therapy that uses energy from the ultraviolet B, or UVB, spectrum is an effective treatment for psoriasis symptoms, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. UVB achieves its effects by penetrating your skin’s surface and slowing the growth of cells affected by psoriasis-related changes. Depending on your personal circumstances, you may receive UVB treatments under controlled conditions in a doctor’s office or at home under a doctor’s explicit treatment guidelines. In some cases, you may use devices designed to produce UVB light; in others, you may use specific doses of sunlight, which contains UVB energy.
If you do not have access to standard light therapy, your doctor may recommend visiting a tanning salon as stopgap or last-ditch treatment for psoriasis, the National Psoriasis Foundation reports. However, commercial tanning beds produce only a small amount of UVB energy, mixed in with much larger amounts of a separate form of ultraviolet energy called ultraviolet A, or UVA. When compared to UVB, UVA provides inferior benefit for the treatment of psoriasis symptoms.