Psoriasis and Red Light Therapy: A Simple Home Treatment

It is well known that red light therapy is beneficial for skin improvement, but today we are talking about a more serious topic: psoriasis.

Psoriasis can be quite annoying, causing itching and disrupting your daily life. Some tips for treating psoriasis are easier said than done. If you're curious about how red light therapy can support your psoriasis, you've come to the right place. We will answer all your questions in this article.

Experience with light therapy against Psoriasis from a Helios customer:

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There are numerous therapies and miracle cures available on the internet that offer some hope to those suffering from psoriasis. The frequency of psoriasis flare-ups and their impact on your life depends on the severity of the condition. Fortunately, red light therapy is becoming increasingly recognized as a treatment for conditions such as psoriasis. This often misunderstood skin condition is unpredictable, but it doesn't have to disrupt your life or self-confidence as long as you get the flare-ups under control.

Symptoms and Causes

This chronic autoimmune disease causes redness, itching and flaking of the skin. It is an incurable condition that can occur anywhere on the body, but most commonly on the inside of the elbows, knees and scalp. If you suffer from psoriasis, you probably know how annoying, itchy and sometimes life-disrupting this condition can be.

Psoriasis is believed to be caused by a problem with the immune system, which causes the skin to renew faster than normal. However, it is not yet entirely clear what exactly disrupts the immune system. Researchers believe that both genetic factors and environmental variables play a role.

Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Red spots on the skin covered with thick, silver-colored scales
  • Small scaly spots (especially in children)
  • Dry, cracked skin that may bleed or itch
  • Itching, burning or pain
  • Thickened, pitted or ribbed nails
  • Swollen and stiff joints

Different types of psoriasis are:

  • Plaque psoriasis
  • Nail psoriasis
  • Guttate psoriasis
  • Inverse psoriasis
  • Pustular psoriasis
  • Erythrodermic psoriasis
  • Psoriatic arthritis

Treatment options for psoriasis include:

  • Ointments and creams that are applied directly to the psoriasis areas
  • Systemic and biological medications
  • Red Light Therapy as support in the treatment of psoriasis

Remember, what works for one person won't necessarily work for another. Always consult a healthcare professional before incorporating new treatment methods into your daily routine, such as red light therapy. What works in a specific context does not automatically apply to everyone.

Red Light Therapy and Psoriasis

Although there has been quite a bit of research into the benefits of red light therapy for the skin, research regarding psoriasis is still evolving. However, many findings suggest that the skin improvement can be attributed to the anti-inflammatory effects of red light therapy. In short, red and near-infrared light stimulates the cells' mitochondria to produce ATP, the source of energy for every cell in the body. This form of therapy has a varied range of benefits, including reducing the intensity of the flare-ups associated with psoriasis.

What does the research say?

A 2011 study titled “ Effectiveness of Blue Light vs. Red Light in the Treatment of Psoriasis: A Double-Blind, Randomized Comparative Study ” confirmed that red light therapy was effective in treating psoriasis. In this specific study, the effectiveness of red light therapy and blue light therapy were measured in participants with psoriasis. Participants received high-dose treatment three times a week for four weeks, while plaques were treated with a 10% salicylic acid solution. A significant improvement was observed in relieving the symptoms of psoriasis after using the light therapy. It is important to note that these treatments were given in a medical setting and at high doses. Results may vary with home use.

A 2010 study looked at the correlation between patients with chronic psoriasis and the use of a combination of 830-nm and 633-nm LED phototherapy (also known as red light therapy). According to this study, psoriasis symptoms improved significantly when patients were treated with follow-up appointments for 4-5 weeks. Furthermore, red light therapy significantly reduced skin inflammation in psoriasis patients in this study. This decrease in inflammation relieves itching and discomfort and supports the healing process.

Why Choose Red Light Therapy

The skin is the organ naturally most exposed to light and according to research it responds particularly well to red and near-infrared light under optimal conditions with a therapeutic purpose. Red and near-infrared light stimulate dozens of biochemical processes within the cell and between cells in our body. Most scientists agree that the key underlying mechanism is how it stimulates energy production in the mitochondria. A cell with more energy can perform more of its natural tasks, such as self-regeneration.

According to this article, inflammatory diseases such as psoriasis can benefit from low-level laser therapy, also known as red light therapy. The article states the following: "Light therapy has beneficial effects on wrinkles, acne scars, hypertrophic scars and healing of burns. Light therapy can reduce UV damage, both as a treatment and as a prevention. In pigment disorders such as vitiligo, light therapy can increase pigmentation by increasing melanocyte proliferation. and reduce depigmentation by inhibiting autoimmunity” (Avci P, Gupta A, Sadasivam M, et al., 2013). This is a promising statement for skin conditions.

Five Reasons to Choose Red Light Therapy for Psoriasis, according to scientific studies:

  1. Achieve improved skin clearance. Improvements in skin tone and texture were commonly reported in many studies of red light therapy.
  2. Red light therapy can break the vicious cycle of skin growth that is too rapid, which is one of the underlying factors of psoriasis. Red light therapy can help restore normal cell function, which can lead to fewer and milder flare-ups.
  3. Red light therapy can provide a protective effect for the heart and joints. Psoriasis is more than just itchy skin. The chronic inflammatory process can cause damage to the cardiovascular system.
  4. You can easily add red light therapy to your routine in the comfort of your own home.

Experts claim that the best biological response comes from two wavelengths of red light: 660 nanometers and 850 nanometers. When learning about red light therapy, it is important to understand the wavelengths and differences between red light and near-infrared light (NIR). A Helios light therapy lamp is always in balance, with half of the lamps at 660 nm and the other half at 850 nm. Wavelengths of 660 nanometers are more easily absorbed by the skin's surface, making them the preferred wavelength for superficial areas. Wavelengths of 850 nanometers penetrate deeper into the body and help with deeper skin layers, muscle recovery and your general well-being.

We wish you all the best in managing symptoms associated with psoriasis and in overcoming psoriasis with a consistent wellness routine that may include red light therapy. By combining a healthy, balanced lifestyle with available treatments, you can make managing this condition easier.

By harnessing the power of red and infrared light, we may be able to reduce inflammation, relieve itching, and promote skin healing in the comfort of our own home. The ease of use and non-invasive nature of this therapy make it a compelling choice for those seeking an alternative or complementary approach to traditional psoriasis therapies.

The Helios light therapy lamps are designed to give you the most powerful treatment to maximize your results. Discover the Helios Red Light Therapy collection below.

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