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The Skin and Nutrition Clinic provides UVB Narrowband Light Treatments to treat chronic conditions of acne, eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo and many more skin issues.

UVB Narrowband Light Treatments are not to be confused with PUVA or other light treatments; independent clinical studies have proven that UVB Narrowband Phototherapy lamps are the most effective and safest for clinical use in the treatment of skin diseases. *

*Results may vary from person to person.

What is UVB Narrowband Light Treatment?
UVB Narrowband Light Treatment is a form of light therapy (phototherapy) to treat certain skin diseases that are sensitive to light, using lamps that emit UVB light. Narrowband UVB uses a specificUVB wavelength that avoids the more harmful wavelengths found in broadband UVB. Narrowband UVB is also more intensive than broadband UVBand therefore treatment times are shorter, too.

Light therapy is the oldest form of treatment, based on the favourable effects of sunlight on the general appearance of the skin. The historian Herodotus (5th century B.C.) found this so remarkable that he described it in his chronicles: “The health-promoting properties of sunlight have been recognized from the beginning of civilization as a natural intuitive desire which causes humans, when in poor health, to be attracted by our largest optical radiation source: the sun.” It is clear that in the millions of years of evolution our bodies make use of the complete solar spectrum to regulate various body functions.

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UVB Narrowband Light Treatment at the Skin and Nutrition Clinic
At the Skin and Nutrition Clinic, your UVB Narrowband Light Treatment will be tailored specifically to your skin, with the light dosage dependent on your skin type, your skin condition and how prone your skin is to sunburn. During the UVB Narrowband Light Treatment your body will be exposed to the UVB for a short time, with regular treatments taken over the period of time that is deemed most suitable for your skin condition. Your skin therapist will monitor your skin’s improvement and adjust the treatment accordingly. A low-interval maintenance schedule may be necessary to prevent your skin condition from reoccurring. *

*Results may vary from person to person.

The Goeckerman regimen
The Goeckerman regimen was introduced in 1929 for the treatment of psoriasis. The Goeckerman regimen proved to be very effective and as such was held as the standard therapy for psoriasis for half a century. It is known as one of the safest options for people with moderate to severe disease, although The Goeckerman regimen is not used in most doctors’ offices due to its complexity.

The Goeckerman regimen aims to reduce the thickness of the skin by slowing down the rapidly dividing cells and inflammation associated with psoriasis. Indicators that could suggest Goeckerman’s regimen is needed generally include large areas (more than 10% of body surface area) affected that result in occupational disability. Remission usually occurs in 4 to 6 weeks (over a total of approximately 30 treatments) and is maintained with intermittent UVB phototherapy. For some patients, remission may take more time. *

*Results may vary from person to person.

The Goeckerman regimen process at the Skin and Nutrition Clinic
The Goeckerman regimen is undertaken prior to a UVB treatment. A crude oil shale ointment is applied over the affected area of psoriasis; this contains properties that inhibit proliferation of the diseased epidermis, although its most unique quality is its ability to photosensitize the skin so that subsequent light radiation is more effective. *

*Results may vary from person to person.

After the ointment has been completely washed off the affected areas, the patient’s skin is exposed to UVB light. The light is first absorbed by cells in the outermost layer of the skin (the epidermis). The light absorbed has sufficient energy to change DNA structure in the nuclei of skin cells. When such an alteration occurs, DNA synthesis/replication is temporarily blocked. If DNA is not properly replicated, the cells cannot proceed into cell division. In other words, by stopping or delaying the cell cycle, UV light is limiting the proliferation and thickness of the psoriatic plaque. UV light is also responsible for reducing the inflammatory response generally found in psoriasis. *

*Results may vary from person to person.

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