Using light therapy to treat psoriasis is one of the oldest known ways that this skin disease was treated. In fact, sunlight was one of the first treatments that was used to help to ease the symptoms of the condition. Now, there is a new type of light therapy that is proving beneficial for psoriasis treatment.
A recent study published in the journal of Photomedicine and Laser Surgery showed that the use of red and infrared LED light therapy has shown to be very promising in treating this condition. In the study, patients used a combination of near infrared light (830nm) and red light (633 nm). Though considered to be a preliminary study, over a period of 4 to 5 weeks, with two 20-minute sessions every 48 hours, clearance rates during the follow up period which was 3 to 8 months later were 60 to 100 percent. All of the participants were happy with the therapy.
An additional study published in 2103 titled “Low-level laser (light) therapy (LLLT) in skin: stimulating, healing, restoring” concludes:
“Inflammatory diseases such as psoriasis and acne can also be managed. The noninvasive nature and almost complete absence of side effects encourage further testing in dermatology.”
Although the research is relatively new regarding the use of red and infrared light therapies for psoriasis, each additional study suggests that the treatments are quite promising and offer hope of a drug-free option for sufferers of this chronic disease.
Light therapy products containing the same or similar wavelengths used in these studies have already been researched, developed, and FDA approved for the reduction of muscle aches and pains and anti-aging applications. As a result, many affordable, in-home light therapy products are available online for safe, easy, in-home use. One such product that would lend itself to psoriasis treatment would be the dpl Nuve. Our own Genesis DH™ also emits similar wavelengths.
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