Exploring the Benefits of UVB Light Therapy for Psoriasis

by | Apr 5, 2024

Psoriasis, a chronic skin condition characterised by red, itchy, and scaly patches, can be a source of discomfort and distress for many.


While there is no cure, various treatments have been developed to manage its symptoms effectively, like our range of UVB Light Therapy machines. Among these, UVB light therapy, often administered through specialised “psoriasis sunbeds,” has emerged as a beacon of hope for those seeking relief. This blog delves into the science behind UVB light therapy and its benefits in managing chronic conditions like psoriasis.

UVB light therapy involves exposing the skin to an artificial UVB light source for a controlled period. UVB, or ultraviolet B, is a type of ultraviolet light with wavelengths ranging from 280 to 315 nanometers, which is beneficial in treating several skin conditions, including psoriasis. The therapy works by slowing down the rapid growth of skin cells associated with psoriasis, thereby reducing scaling and inflammation. Take a look at some of our products we have in stock here:


9 Lamp UVB Narrowband Phototherapy Unit – Fitted with 4 x 6ft Philips TL100W/01 UVB (17%) Narrowband Lamps (311 NM) and 5 x 6ft High UVB (3.4%) Lamps

9 Lamp UVB Narrowband Phototherapy Unit – Fitted with 9 x 6ft Philips TL 100W/01 UVB (17%) Narrowband Lamps (311 NM)

Handheld UV308E1 UVB Unit

2 Tube UVB Narrowband Phototherapy Compact Unit


The Benefits of UVB Light Therapy for Psoriasis

1. Targeted Treatment: UVB light therapy specifically targets the affected areas, minimising the risk of damaging healthy skin. This targeted approach helps in effectively managing the symptoms of psoriasis with minimal side effects. We have a range of machines available that can help those who suffer from chronic skin conditions all over the body and also targeted areas.

2. Reduction in Flare-ups: Regular sessions of UVB light therapy have been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of psoriasis flare-ups. By controlling the abnormal skin cell growth, UVB light can maintain smoother skin and prolong the periods of remission.

3. Minimal Side Effects: Compared to other systemic treatments for psoriasis, which can affect the entire body, UVB light therapy has fewer side effects. The most common side effect is a mild sunburn-like reaction, which typically resolves on its own.

4. Improved Quality of Life: Psoriasis can significantly impact one’s quality of life, leading to social isolation and emotional distress. By alleviating the physical symptoms, UVB light therapy can also enhance emotional well-being, boosting confidence and social interaction.

5. Convenience and Accessibility: With the advent of psoriasis sunbeds designed for home use, UVB light therapy has become more accessible. This convenience allows individuals to undergo treatment in the comfort of their homes, adhering to their schedules and reducing the need for frequent hospital visits.

Considerations and Precautions

While UVB light therapy offers numerous benefits, it’s essential to approach treatment with caution. Overexposure to UVB light can increase the risk of skin aging. Therefore, therapy should always be conducted under the guidance of a healthcare professional who can tailor the treatment to your specific needs, considering factors such as skin type and severity of psoriasis. Our range of machines come with specific guidelines when it comes to using this source of treatment. It’s also crucial to protect unaffected skin during treatment and to follow a consistent skincare routine to maintain the health of your skin.

UVB light therapy represents a promising solution for individuals battling psoriasis, offering a blend of efficacy, safety, and convenience. By harnessing the power of UVB light, those affected can find significant relief from their symptoms, leading to a better quality of life. If you’re considering UVB light therapy, consult with a dermatologist to determine if it’s the right option for you and to develop a treatment plan that ensures the best possible outcomes. For more information, do not hesitate to contact us today.