Light Your Way to Healthier, Clearer Skin
Whether you’re dealing with eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo, or another irritating, unsightly skin condition, phototherapy at Chicago Skin Clinic may be the solution you need.
Our board-certified dermatologists, Dr. Danny Del Campo and Dr. Danilo Del Campo, use the power of light therapy to effectively target and treat various skin conditions by reducing inflammation, improving skin texture, and enhancing the overall health of your skin.
What Is Phototherapy?
Phototherapy (also known as light therapy, narrowband ultraviolet B phototherapy, and nbUVB) is a treatment that uses certain types of light to treat a number of skin conditions. Light therapy is a safe and effective treatment option for patients with psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo, and other photo-responsive disorders.
We’ll perform these treatments in our Chicago office to:
- Slow rapidly growing skin cells
- Suppress an overly active immune system
- Reduce inflammation and allow the skin to heal
- Reduce or eliminate itch
The key to success with light therapy is consistency, so over the course of your phototherapy treatment, Dr. Danny Del Campo or Dr. Danilo Del Campo will expose your skin to ultraviolet light on a regular basis.
How Phototherapy Skin Treatment Works
Phototherapy is a non-invasive procedure that utilizes different types of light — such as ultraviolet (UV) or visible light — to target specific cells, stimulate their cellular processes, and promote healing within your skin.
Under the guidance of our expert dermatologists, Dr. Danny Del Campo and Dr. Danilo Del Campo, phototherapy offers a safe and effective solution for various skin concerns by:
- Reducing inflammation: Phototherapy helps to reduce inflammation in your skin by suppressing immune responses and controlling the activity of inflammatory cells. This can be particularly beneficial if you suffer from psoriasis, eczema, or dermatitis.
- Regulating cellular function: Specific wavelengths of light can penetrate your skin and affect cellular processes. For instance, UVB light can slow down the production of skin cells, which is beneficial for conditions like psoriasis where cell turnover has increased at an abnormal rate.
- Clearing away bacteria and fungi: Some types of light — such as blue light or narrow-band UVB — have antimicrobial properties and can help eliminate certain bacteria and fungi on your skin's surface, making it a valuable treatment for conditions like acne and certain infections.
What Skin Conditions Does Phototherapy Treat?
Dr. Danny Del Campo and Dr. Danilo Del Campo use phototherapy to effectively treat various skin conditions, including:
If you suffer from psoriasis, Dr. Danny Del Campo and Dr. Danilo Del Campo may recommend phototherapy as a primary treatment option. That’s because phototherapy helps to slow down excessive skin cell turnover, reduce inflammation, and improve the appearance of psoriatic plaques.
Eczema & Dermatitis
Light therapy can also alleviate your symptoms of eczema and dermatitis by reducing inflammation, relieving itching, and promoting skin healing.
If persistent itching is interfering with your life, phototherapy can provide relief. Dr. Danny Del Campo and Dr. Danilo Del Campo can use light therapy to minimize symptoms and manage triggers of various skin conditions that cause persistent itching, improving your daily comfort and your overall quality of life.
Other Skin Disorders
At Chicago Skin Clinic, Dr. Danny Del Campo and Dr. Danilo Del Campo may also recommend phototherapy for conditions such as lichen planus, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, and certain yeast infections.
What to Expect During Your Phototherapy Skin Treatment
When you undergo phototherapy treatment at Chicago Skin Clinic, Dr. Danny Del Campo and Dr. Danilo Del Campo will develop a personalized treatment plan based on your specific condition and skin type.
Here's what you can expect:
Our expert dermatologists will conduct a thorough evaluation of your skin condition, medical history, and any previous treatments to determine the most suitable phototherapy approach for you.
Dr. Danny Del Campo or Dr. Danilo Del Campo will typically conduct your phototherapy session in a specialized light booth, where your skin will be exposed to the specific type of light prescribed for your condition.
Treatment durations and frequency will depend on the severity of your condition and the type of light therapy used.
During your treatment, you’ll need to protect your eyes and certain areas of your skin from light exposure. Our team will provide you with appropriate goggles to ensure your absolute safety and comfort.
Monitoring & Adjustments
Throughout your treatment course, our dermatologists will closely monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments so you get the best results possible.
Possible Side Effects
Phototherapy is generally well-tolerated, but like any medical treatment, you may experience potential side effects, which can include temporary redness, itching, mild burning, dryness, or mild irritation.
Our Chicago Skin Clinic team will discuss any potential side effects and provide guidance on how you can manage them.
Depending on your skin condition, Dr. Danny Del Campo and Dr. Danilo Del Campo may recommend certain maintenance treatments or a long-term treatment plan to sustain the benefits you received with phototherapy.
Schedule Your Skin Consultation Today
If you’re tired of dealing with the uncomfortable, unsightly symptoms of psoriasis, eczema, or some other skin condition, then schedule a skin consultation with Chicago Skin Clinic today.
At our Chicago office, Dr. Danny Del Campo and Dr. Danilo Del Campo will guide you through each step of the treatment process, address any concerns or questions you may have, and work with you to get the results you deserve.