Does Tanning Help Psoriasis

Tanning in natural sunlight or with prescribed light therapy can help treat psoriasis. UVB rays of the light spectrum are the type of light that provides effective treatment. UVB rays can be absorbed by the skin when tanning outside or with special light therapy treatments found in doctor's offices.

Fast Facts:

  • The tanning beds at commercial tanning salons emit little UVB light, it's mostly UVA.
  • UVA light is not nearly as effective at controlling psoriasis as UVB light is.
  • Treating psoriasis with tanning beds is not recommended, but some physicians may suggest it as a last resort if UVB light and natural sunshine are unavailable.
  • Consult a physician before beginning any tanning treatment plan for psoriasis; overexposure to UVA and UVB rays can irritate psoriasis or risk other conditions such as skin cancer.