In recent years, narrowband UVB (Ultraviolet B) phototherapy has emerged as a remarkable treatment for various skin conditions.
Harnessing the therapeutic potential of controlled UVB light wavelengths, this innovative technology offers relief to individuals suffering from a range of dermatological ailments. In this blog, we will explore some of the skin conditions that can be effectively treated with narrowband UVB lights, shedding light on the science behind the healing process.
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects the skin, leading to the rapid build-up of cells on the skin’s surface. Narrowband UVB phototherapy has proven highly successful in managing psoriasis symptoms by slowing down the excessive growth of skin cells and reducing inflammation.
The treatment exposes the affected skin to controlled doses of UVB light, promoting the healing of psoriasis plaques. When the machine is on, UVB penetrates the skin and slows the growth of affected skin cells. This form of treatment is used over a series of many weeks, gradually increasing UV exposure times to allow the skin to acclimatise and avoid burning.
Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a common inflammatory skin condition characterised by itchy, dry, and red patches. Narrowband UVB phototherapy can alleviate eczema symptoms by reducing inflammation, soothing itching, and improving the overall skin barrier function. Studies have shown the effectiveness of this treatment option, particularly in cases where topical creams and ointments prove insufficient.
Vitiligo is a skin disorder that causes the loss of skin colour, resulting in patches or depigmentation. Narrowband UVB phototherapy helps stimulate melanocytes, the pigment-producing cells, and encourages repigmentation of the affected areas. It is a safe and effective treatment for vitiligo, with notable improvements seen in many patients we have helped over many years.
Scientific research also states there’s no significant increased risk of melanoma or nonmelanoma skin cancers for vitiligo patients, even if they’ve had ultraviolet light therapy. In fact, in the genes of patients with vitiligo, there seems to be almost an opposite genetic profile to those with melanoma. There appears to be some genetic protection, making them three times less likely to develop melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers.
Pruritus (Itchy Skin)
Pruritus, or itchy skin, can arise due to various underlying conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, or chronic kidney disease. Narrowband UVB phototherapy has shown promising results in relieving pruritus by reducing inflammation, promoting skin repair, and suppressing itch signalling pathways. It can provide significant relief for patients burdened by chronic itch.
Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL)
CTCL is a rare type of cancer that affects the skin’s T-cell lymphocytes. Narrowband UVB phototherapy is considered an effective treatment for early-stage CTCL, as it selectively targets cancerous cells, halting their growth and promoting apoptosis (cell death). The treatment also helps alleviate skin-related symptoms such as itching and redness.
In all of its benefits, narrowband UVB phototherapy has revolutionised the treatment of various skin conditions, offering hope and relief to countless individuals. From psoriasis and eczema to vitiligo, pruritus, and even certain types of skin cancer, this advanced technology provides targeted healing and improves patients’ quality of life.
Instead of making appointments with doctors and having to wait in queues of people, home treatment is a viable option that we, ourselves, recommend highly. Light therapy for psoriasis at home is a common solution that thousands of patients have trusted, with incredible results expected in just 4-6 weeks. Phillips UVB Lamps are the perfect remedy for helping you feel comfortable in your own skin again.
Phototherapy using UVB light is rarely used in the UK because of limited availability and the number of hospital visits required (the backlog with the NHS can leave you waiting a long time). But a study of 200 patients found the same results with home treatment. this is available for you to use 24/7 for the duration of your hire, or if you buy the appliance completely. This takes away the struggle of balancing appointments with doctors or experimenting with other methods such as using sunbeds. Sunbed skin damage is a real factor as to why you should NEVER use these as a skin remedy source.
All our UVB light therapy units are manufactured in England and fitted with genuine, Philips brand narrowband lamps. Only Philips UVB lamps are used in hospitals worldwide, so you can be rest assured that you are receiving only the best and professionally proven UVB technology (always check that the unit contains Philips Lamps). These UVB tubes are the only certified tube in the UK for the treatment of various skin conditions, strongly recommended by doctors and dermatologists worldwide who use these themselves. The wavelength used by these machines is 311nm, which is commonly known as the therapeutic wavelength for psoriasis and vitiligo conditions, and therefore why it is recommended highly.