UV Light Found To Benefit Skin Conditions
Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning offers benefits for some skin
conditions, according to the April (2010) issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter Ultraviolet Light Offers Benefits For Some Skin Conditions
Various ultraviolet treatments of the skin are potential therapy options for
conditions that include:
• Psoriasis • Vitiligo, a loss of skin pigment that often appears as white blotches on the
• Eczema, also called dermatitis • Persistent itching (pruritus)
• Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, a rare form of cancer that usually involves the skin
• Graft-vs-host disease -- a complication associated with blood and bone marrow
It's not fully known how ultraviolet light benefits these skin conditions.
Perhaps, UV light slows skin cell overgrowth and alters the immune system.
Health care providers administer UV light therapy with a variety of tools.
Options range from full-body units such as light beds to handheld lights. Other
tools include small light cabinets for the hands or feet; combs that emit light
from the tines for reaching the scalp; and lasers, which can focus a
high-intensity beam of UV light on a small area.
UV therapy sessions may last from a few seconds to an hour. Consistency is one
of the keys to success. Patients may need therapy two to seven days a week.
Dozens of sessions may be needed to achieve adequate response. Once the
condition has improved, patients may be able to switch to a less-frequent
Benefits aside, long-term UV therapy still presents an increased risk of skin
cancer. As with any therapy, the potential benefits need to be weighed against
the potential risks. Fortunately, skin cancers generally can be removed and
successfully treated when they are detected early.
Comment from Ray (Tan Plus/Essentials Of Life): This is a no brainer for many of our clients who have come to realize that a few
tanning sessions per week produce the same results for a lot less money and
with added benefits that medical therapies alone can't offer.