Phototherapy involves utilising light to treat the skin, because the ultraviolet part of the spectrum of light has been shown to be useful in the treatment of skin disorders. The principle of phototherapy hinges on the effect of specific wavelengths that act on different parts of the skin which may help to reduce inflammation of the skin for inflammatory skin disorders.
In general, examples of skin conditions that can be treated with phototherapy include psoriasis, eczema and vitiligo.
The choice of the type of phototherapy to use is dependent on your type of skin condition, and taking into consideration the treatment response from previous modalities. Your dermatologist will evaluate your suitability before discussing the treatment schedule with you. This may vary from two to three times a week depending on your condition.
DS clinic is one of the few clinics to have an in-clinic phototherapy service in Singapore. We have a walk-in light box which contains fluorescent light bulbs, that is used to administer the treatment on the affected skin.