Sunlight and Benefits to Psoraisis


Whilst the recent weather has been somewhat unpredictable, we can also say that this has been one of the brightest summers that the UK has enjoyed for some time. This is an excellent opportunity for suffers of psoriasis to enjoy sunlight and the vitamin D that comes with it. Vitamin D and ultra violet light are both completely natural elements that can help to soothe skin suffering from psoriasis. Ultra violet light is already used as a medical treatment by many doctors, where synthesised UVB rays are created with sun lamps. Injections are also utilised to encourage the skin to soak up even more of the beneficial UV light but I’m sure most would rather a natural course of sunbathing. This bright sunshine gives many who live with psoriasis the chance to enjoy a free and completely natural course of UV light and all the benefits that come with it.

Many psoriasis suffers are conscious of their skin and, during the hot summer months, would far rather cover themselves up than let their skin be on show. This results in a large amount of discomfort for the wearer, as well as confused questions from many friends. Many would rather lie and keep themselves covered than allow their skin to enjoy the benefits of UV light. If there is any comfortable way for you to sunbath privately or get sunlight to your affected areas then the positive effects have been seen time and time again.

Two kinds of ultra violet light reach us during a bout of bright weather: UV and UVB. UVB is the light that helps with psoriasis. Of course, with all sunbathing and outdoor activities you’ll need to take sun protection. This is because, whilst UVB light is helpful to skin suffering from psoriasis, both UVB and UVA light over long periods of time will cause our skin to burn and irritate. UVA light will also increase your risks of skin cancer and premature aging. It’s clear then that even though some sunlight can be very beneficial for those with psoriasis, too much will cause long term detriment to your skin. This means that you should aim for short bouts in the sun, finding yourself a private space where you’ll feel less self-conscious, using appropriate SPF sun lotion and reapplying every few hours or after a psychical activity.
Sunlight can be effective for many who live with psoriasis, so take advantage of this completely natural way to help your skin.

Tips for Utilising the Sun with Psoriasis

  • Enjoy the sun in short bursts
  • Make sure you’re using a sun lotion with an appropriate SPF factor
  • Don’t sunbath during the hottest hours of the sun (10-3)
  • Ensure you’re drinking plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated
  • Using tanning beds is not advised as most will only utilise UVA rays and not UVB
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