Those who suffer from psoriasis need to get the direct exposure from the sun and this will give them the chance to clear the rash that has formed on the skin. This is one of the natural ways in which one can treat the conditions and this saves on costs since one does not need to visit the hospital or spend cash on expensive medications. There are other ways in, which one can cure this condition but the exposure to the rays of the sun will make it easy to get the appealing results. Although it is not necessary that sunlight may aid all kinds of psoriasis and this problem persists in equal proportions in sunny climates as well as cold climates too but patients who suffer from psoriasis and live in sunny climates have a chance of improving their condition quicker as compared to those who are not. Why sunlight is so effective in treating psoriasis can be understood only after knowing and analyzing more on the sun rays.
The Light of the Sun
The sun usually radiates its energy in waves form and they are visible in the prism sector in form of rainbow colors. Light radiant energy that is of a shorter wavelength as compared to the violet ray is known as ultra violet rays and is the main factor that is responsible for treating psoriasis. These ultraviolet rays are available in three groups namely, A, B, and C. the wave B also known as UVB is the most important ultraviolet wave in the healing of the condition. It is the same ultraviolet ray type which is responsible for burning our skin and causing sunburns however it is the one responsible too for treating psoriasis condition mainly due to its ability in decreases the growth rate of the cells that develop within the epidermis. Similarly UVA type also reaches us but in very little amounts thus having no significant effects, UVC however seldom crosses the ozone layer and reach our environment. This is why one needs to have the direct exposure with the sun and this will enable the condition to lessen with time. Through direct exposure to the sun, one has the option of healing the condition in the shortest time possible. Even though there are risks like sunburns, it plays a huge role in the elimination of the rash from the skin. However this does not at all mean that you take the sun on your bare skin every time you get the chance to as you are aware of its results too.
The Skin and the Sun
When the skin is exposed to the sun, the brown coloring known as melanin is produced which protects the skin from having adverse effects of the sun. This is done by the melanin produced in our epidermis as it absorbs the ultraviolet rays and prevents the skin from darkening and protects it from burning. One needs to have regulated sun on the skin and need to make sure that they are exposed directly to the sun but it should not be too hot since it will burn the skin and this will prevent the natural treatment of the condition. Fair people produce lesser melanin as compared to dark skinned individual and so the burning effect on the skin is more effective and prominent in fair colored people however this does not mean that they cannot burn their skin. Too much exposure of the sun will harm all types of skin through UV rays which can be very painful besides working adversely for psoriasis condition through worsening it even more.
Besides burning the skin, the sun also does extensive damage to the skin and some of the effects include loosing the elasticity of the skin through continual prolonged exposure of years and thus results in wrinkly skin. Actually prolonged exposure to the sun damages the inside of our skin where the collagen part is present and through its exposure to the UV rays through years the supple and elastic skin appearance is lost through time. There are very much chances that the beautiful tan you wear in your teen ages may result in a wrinkled prune in the later years of life.
One also has higher chances of getting skin cancer when they are exposed to too much sun all the time. This is an ever growing problem in sunny parts of the world; however other parts are effected to due to increased exposure to the sun in holidays and also because of decreased ozone layer in the world. So the longer you are exposed to the sun the larger the risk of developing cancer.
It may be evident by now that it is not at all wise to toast your skin in the skin just to treat psoriasis. Through this way your appearance and health both get affected and if you want to use sun light as a curing measure for psoriasis, a very planned and careful approach should be taken towards it.
So a little guide on how your approach towards sunbathing for psoriasis should be will explain the cautions to be taken which are as follows.
- Always consult your doctor before engaging in this activity as certain medicines are also known to make the skin sensitive to the sun.
- Never use any cream or ointment related to psoriasis cure or otherwise while under the sun.
- Start by spending only a little time first and then increasing gradually.
- Start by ten minutes exposure the first day and slowly in intervals increase time by ten minutes.
- Once you experience betterment in your psoriasis discontinue the action.
- Always remember that extensive exposure will result adversely rather than helping besides creating other skin problems as well.
A way to avoid excess absorption of UV rays certain sunscreens or lotions can be used that carry substances that absorb them additionally. The level of protection any cream can provide depends on its contents and how you apply it. These creams indicate the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) and this explains how efficient it is in concealing the skin from the harmful rays. The higher the SPF the more protection you have. Fair people should use creams with high SPF as they are prone to skin burning however even with all this preparation it should be remembered that strong sun or prolonged exposure without reapplying cream may still burn your skin.
Also some creams get washed off and so caution should be taken and cream should be reapplied after a swim or bath. Also towels seat covers and clothing may rub them off so take care of this factor as well. All this discussion makes it clear how sunlight is effective in curing psoriasis but should be done with extra caution. You can now carefully opt for this natural cure for psoriasis or there are other ways as well.