If you are living with psoriasis, you know how uncomfortable and embarrassing the red, itchy, scaly skin can be. Treatment options for psoriasis include steroid cream or other medicated creams, oral medications, and light therapy.
All of these treatments work well, but medications can have side effects and light therapy requires a regimen of three sessions a week for two to three months.
Today, there is another option for treating psoriasis: excimer lasers, which deliver ultraviolet light to localized areas of the skin. This treatment uses intense, focused doses of laser light to help control areas of mild to moderate psoriasis without harming healthy skin around them. Targeted laser therapy is similar in effectiveness to traditional light therapy, but it works in fewer sessions with stronger doses of light that can reach deeper into the affected skin. The handheld laser wands are also good for reaching psoriasis in hard-to-treat areas, such as the elbows, knees, palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and scalp.
How do IPL treatments for psoriasis work? Can they really clear up your skin? Here is what the research shows about this new treatment for psoriasis.
IPL treatments for psoriasis uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL).
IPL creates a concentrated intense pulsed light. When the light hits the skin, it converts to heat. The heat destroys the extra blood vessels in the skin that contribute to psoriasis, without harming nearby skin.
Patients usually have sessions for 15-30 minutes every two weeks.
Your technician will determine your IPL treatment level based on the thickness of your psoriasis plaques and your skin color (a lower dose is used on lighter skin). During the procedure, you will be given dark goggles to protect your eyes.
Psoriasis IPL Treatment: How It Works
Each session takes only a few minutes. During the treatment, the technician aims the IPL directly at patches of psoriasis. You might feel some warmth at the site or a snapping sensation against the skin.