What is Phototherapy and What Does it Treat

Phototherapy, or light therapy, uses ultraviolet (UV) light waves to treat certain skin conditions. Alaska Family Dermatology uses a light system that can be tailored to the patient needs. Phototherapy is used to treat chronic skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and vitiligo.

AK Family Derm uses ultraviolet (UV) light from our equipment to trigger biological processes that help reduce inflammation and prevent the rapid growth of skin cells. Many skin treatments can decrease the overall immune system, UV focuses more locally on just the skin cells.

What Conditions Can be Treated with Phototherapy

Psoriasis
Psoriasis speeds up the life cycle of skin cells and skin cells build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. The extra skin cells can form red patches and scales, itchy and sometimes painful. Learn More About Psoriasis

Eczema
Eczema, also known as Atopic dermatitis, is a condition that makes your skin red and itchy. It is a chronic condition and tends to flare periodically. Learn More About Eczema

Vitiligo
Vitiligo is a disease that causes the loss of skin color, usually in blotches. It can be unpredictable and the extent of the color loss can be small or cover large parts of the body. Learn More About Vitiligo