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Light Therapy for Psoriasis Patients

Psoriasis can be helped with exposure to certain types of light which lessen the amount of skin cell growth.

The healthcare technology company Philips has launched BlueControl 2.0, a device created to treat patients afflicted with psoriasis.   Psoriasis patients deal with immune systems triggered to cause rapid skin cell growth, which leads to the “excessive multiplication and improper differentiation (hyperproliferation) of a certain type of skin cell known as keratinocytes.”

As such, the blue LEDS – when shone on the keratinocytes – work to reduce the number of keratinocytes thereby increasing their differentiation.

The company collaborated with the Dermatology Department at the University Hospital Aachen, Germany, and discovered that one the psoriasis patients were exposed to the blue LEDs, “a significant improvement of the symptoms could be observed due to treatment of the affected skin area”.

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