UVB light therapy helps
UVB light therapy helps relieve chronic skin conditions. Low-dose UVB light can have a positive effect on skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo and sun allergy. This therapy can take place at home, under medical supervision. Together with university hospitals, we are researching the results of UVB light therapy.
UVB light therapy, also called phototherapy, is a generally accepted hospital treatment for skin conditions such as psoriasis. However, this often requires several hospital visits. UVB light therapy at home from our subsidiary Dermasun has also been proven effective. The study Psoriasis and daily low-emission phototherapy: effects on disease and vitamin D level by Sylvie Mireille Franken et al. examined the effectiveness of daily use of UVB light therapy.
In this study, 62 patients were treated for six months with either a daily low emission UV treatment and mometasone ointment 0.1% or with mometasone ointment 0.1% alone. During the study, psoriasis severity, quality of life, vitamin D levels and blood pressure were monitored every two months.
Patients treated with UVB light therapy showed significant improvements. This research shows that daily UVB light therapy is an effective treatment for psoriasis patients: their symptoms decreased, their quality of life improved, the use of steroid ointment decreased and their vitamin D level increased.
Fewer complaints with UVB light therapy
Psoriatic complaints are not the only complaints relieved by UVB light therapy. Other Skin conditions such as eczema, vitiligo and sun allergy can also benefit from a daily dose of UV light from Sunshower. You will receive a light schedule that determines how long to use the UVB light per day based on your skin type and condition.
MED is the value that indicates how much sun exposure or how much UV radiation the skin can take without causing burns. An example: at a distance of 45 cm from the Sunshower to the skin, the MED 5 is for skin type 2. This means that in a person with skin type 2, a red colouring of the skin occurs after 12 minutes. For skin type 3 this period can be one and a half times longer and for skin type 4 even 2.25 times as long.
Research shows that Sunshower's UV light does not damage DNA and does not cause burns.
UVB light therapy according to skin type
There are 6 skin types. The skin type is classified according to the reaction of the skin to UV radiation and according to the degree of burning and tanning. Find out what your skin type is:
Skin type 1: always burns and does not tan
These people have very fair skin and often red or light blond hair. They often have freckles on the face, neck and forearms.
Skin type 2: usually burns and tans slightly
These people have fair skin and often blond hair with grey, green or blue eyes.
Skin type 3: almost never burns and tans well
These people have slightly tinted skin, dark blond or brown hair and quite dark eyes.
Skin type 4: never burns and tans well (dark tan)
These people have more tinted skin, dark hair and dark eyes.
Skin type 5: almost never burns and tans well (very dark tan)
These people have dark-skinned or brownish-yellow skin, black hair, and dark eyes.
Skin type 6: never burns and has very dark brown or black skin
This skin type occurs in people who live in Africa or are of African descent. They have a natural sunburn protection.