Narrow Band Ultra Violet B Light is a relatively new technology on the vitiligo front. In the past, most doctors have used the PUVA system, which involved the use of Ultra Violet A light exposure and the taking of Psoralen pills. However, side effects for many people were unbearable. Narrow Band UVB light panels and cabinets solve the problems of over-exposure to ultraviolet by maximizing delivery of narrow-band UVB radiation (in the 311-312 nanometer range, the most beneficial component of natural sunlight) while minimizing exposure to superfluous UV radiation. Continue reading
I was wandering around the internet today looking for what’s new in UVB and I came across a posting by DermNet NZ. I thought that some of you would find it interesting.
They report, Compared with broadband UVB:
- Exposure times are shorter but of higher intensity.
- The course of treatment is shorter.
- It is more likely to clear the skin condition.
- Longer periods of remission occur before it reappears.
They also mention that “This range of UV radiation has proved to be the most beneficial component of natural sunlight for psoriasis. Narrowband UVB may also be used in the treatment of many other skin conditions including atopic eczema, vitiligo, pruritus, lichen planus, polymorphous light eruption, early cutaneous T-cell lymphoma and dermographism.”
The original can be found at http://dermnetnz.org/procedures/narrowband-uvb.html – Enjoy!
Absolutely not! The answer is no. Tanning beds generate UVA or Long Wavelength UV. UVA penetrates the skin very deeply while the shorter wavelengths of UVB do not. UVA is used in photoherapy when combined with a Psoralen drug and the therapy is called PUVA.
In tanning bed antiquity, the UVB content was much higher. Today, in the USA, the FDA has regulated that the UVB content in tanning beds must be very low! Because of regulations, tanning beds produce only 4.2% to 6.5% UVB in the USA and typically 1% to 3% in Europe. To read the US FDA Regulations <Click Here>. The level of UVB radiation is in the following statement “Performance requirements–(1) Irradiance ratio limits. For each sunlamp product and ultraviolet lamp, the ratio of the irradiance within the wavelength range of greater than 200 nanometers through 260 nanometers to the irradiance within the wavelength range of greater than 260 nanometers through 320 nanometers may not exceed 0.003 at any distance and direction from the product or lamp. UVB is commonly defined as 280 to 320 nanometers.
Tanning Salons can be a risk for the typical consumer as the output from these beds can vary greatly from bed to bed and treatment/tanning times must be adjusted based on lamp power. When a bed is re-lamped and you are not told then a sunburn is very likely.
Read this article http://www.pnas.org/content/101/14/4954.full which seems to indicate that UVA may be more dangerous than UVB. This is a complicated subject but it does appear that it is UVA that contributes to premature skin aging and is more likely to cause cancers of the skin.
UNDERSTANDING UV RAYS
“Most everyone is aware of the risks associated with UVB exposure, however there are real risks associated with UVA exposure including skin aging, DNA destruction and even skin cancer. Protecting your skin from UVA rays is just as important as protecting yourself against UVB rays.” – A quote by Dr. Henry Lim, Vice President-Elect, American Academy of Dermatology and Chairman of Dermatology, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI.
Here’s another posting at this blog on the diferences twixt UVA and UVB. See PUVA vs UVB NARROWBAND.
Don’t be fooled by the non-medical advice of a tanning salon owner! Check with your dermatologist.