Can sunbathe for psoriasis?

A disease like psoriasis are able to deliver a lot of trouble to its owner, as its symptoms, course, impose its imprint on the patient's quality of life. In addition, psoriatic lesions are accompanied by severe itching and burning, which exacerbates the situation.


The disease has a chronic course and hard enough and long treated. In winter, the cutaneous manifestations can hide under clothing, but with the onset of the summer season, when the scheduled holiday by the sea, many of the women and men concerned with the question of whether tanning in psoriasis and how the sun will affect the development of the disease?

Or compatible sunbathing and psoriasis?

As a rule, the psoriasis faster is held in the summer time. This is likely due to the beneficial impact of marine water, air and sun. In the summer the condition of the skin of the patient is markedly improved, as exposure to UV rays inhibits the development of pathological processes on the surface of the skin.

In recent years, increasingly the emphasis is on the close relationship between psoriasis and vitamin D in the body of the patient. We all know that vitamin D given to children at an early age as a preventive measure against the development of rickets.

However, few people know that a lack of vitamin D in the blood of patients suffering from psoriasis (especially in cold weather running), contributes to the worsening of the disease.

Therefore, dermatologists recommend to take sun baths, since the UV light promotes rapid skin regeneration with platelets and the healing of open wounds.

Remember, however, that sun baths should be dosed, so it is recommended to sunbathe at certain hours in order to avoid burning the skin. Due to the fact that psoriasis refers to autoimmune diseases, excessive sunburn, there is a risk of developing cancer of the skin with premature aging of the skin.

Note that there are at least 5% of patients who suffer from a photosensitive form of psoriasis of the skin. Most often in such patients, psoriasis is accompanied with a simultaneous allergic skin lesions, which result from an increased sensitivity to the sun. These patients, on the contrary, are encouraged to protect themselves from the sun.

Rules for sunbathing

When psoriatic manifestations should sunbathe only after consultation with your doctor. On the first day of the rest of the sea you can sunbathe no more than 10 minutes. Further, the duration of the tan can be increased. However, the total time of exposure to the sun must not exceed half an hour.

The sea recommended to sunbathe in the morning (from 5 to 11 hours) in the afternoon (16 — 20 hours). The most dangerous period of time between 12 hours and 14. At this time the sun is most active, so if possible, you should avoid direct sunlight. In addition, you can protect yourself from the sun with special protective creams and lotions.

Psoriatic plaques it is recommended to apply ointments, containing activated pyrithionine zinc.

On the downside, the exposure to the sun is the necessity of using sunscreen lotions and creams, as most topical treatments include components that may aggravate the symptoms of psoriasis. Additional components are able to interact with other drugs, which are prescribed to relieve psoriatic plaques.

Therefore, sunscreen products should choose a dermatologist, because many of them have side effects and require an individual approach to the patient.

The beneficial properties of the sun for psoriasis

The sun's rays have the following effects on the skin for psoriasis:

  • ultraviolet light has a slow destructive effect of the upper layer of the epidermis;
  • the sun triggers the body to strengthening of protective forces;
  • activates tissue regeneration;
  • reduces flaking and the formation of psoriatic plaques;
  • relieves itching.

Sun contribute to the thickening of the skin, which increases the flow of oxygen in the lymph with the subsequent long remission.

The possibility of using tanning for psoriasis

Artificial ultraviolet light effectively used for patients with psoriasis, especially in winter.

UV treatment can be used in two forms:

  1. UVB. In this case, using short-wave ultraviolet rays.
  2. PUVA. This form uses long-wave radiation with a photosensitizer (Psoralen) of natural origin.

The use of the Solarium in the treatment of psoriasis today refers to the popular ways of treatment and is expressed by the following actions:

  • as a result of exposure to ultraviolet rays is the production of endorphins (happiness hormone), which has a positive effect on the Central nervous system;
  • the Solarium is able to relieve the acute symptoms are manifestations on the skin;
  • when you receive artificial tanning induces the production of vitamin D, which counteracts nervousness and stress in the body. These indicators belong to one of the reasons for the development of the disease.

Recommendations use of the Solarium

The first is to note that the Solarium and the sun cannot replace comprehensive treatment for psoriasis, therefore, before to start using these procedures, it is recommended to consult a dermatologist.

You must meet the following conditions:

  • not to visit the Solarium in the acute stage of the disease, as the weakened body of the patient and increased sensitivity of the skin, which can cause burns;
  • for treatment of the disease mainly choose vertical Solarium, which is much more efficient than horizontal;
  • to remain in photo cabin can be no more than 6 minutes;
  • it is best to visit a Solarium in a day;
  • the total course of treatment using a Solarium should not exceed 25 sessions for 5-7 minutes.

It is important to note that some medicinal and cosmetic preparations may cause acute allergic reaction that will further lead to increased sensitivity of the skin to Solarium and the sun. Therefore, before you visit a Solarium, and a trip to the sea, requires the advice of your doctor.


In the treatment the sun there are positive sides and negative. Despite its useful properties, ultraviolet rays if used incorrectly can cause a sunburn, in the form of liquid bubbles on the skin. This condition leads to increased itching. As a result, quite often there is the accession of a secondary infection. In addition, the UV rays dry out the skin, leading to premature aging and the formation of benign and malignant tumors.

tanned skin

At a photo-sensitive psoriasis light therapy should be under the supervision of a specialist. In other cases, you should observe moderation. Most solar responds well to therapy guttate form of psoriasis, due to the minimal lesions on the skin.

It is recommended to sunbathe dosed, preferably in the morning and evening, avoiding the aggressive sun exposure. In that case, if the rest of the sea fails, you can replace it at your leisure in the nearest body of water in compliance with all safety regulations.

It is important to remember that the phototherapy, as well as all medical procedures should be carried out only after consultation with your doctor. It can cause adverse symptoms on the skin.