Sun and psoriasis - benefits and risk
Updated: Jan 12
Do you suffer from psoriasis?
Ultraviolet rays from medical UV-treatment or natural sunshine might help!
The sun’s ultraviolet rays are made up of UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are more effective at treating psoriasis symptoms because they slow the rapid rate of skin growth and shedding.
Although sunlight can benefit psoriasis, you should take care to protect yourself from sunburn. Psoriasis predominantly strikes light-skinned people. They are at a greater risk for sunburn and dangerous forms of cancer such as melanoma. Natural sunbathing is not monitored in a medical setting like phototherapy. And medications you may be taking can increase photosensitivity. This can heighten your risk of sunburn and skin cancer.