Psoriasis Treatment: Lasers and Other Light Therapies

Lasers and other light therapies provide a type of medical treatment called “phototherapy.” Under the care of a dermatologist, phototherapy provides effective treatment for many people living with psoriasis. Some receive phototherapy to clear a stubborn patch of psoriasis on the scalp, feet, or hands. For others, phototherapy effectively treats the entire body.

The following links provide more information about the different types of phototherapy. All have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat psoriasis.

Mild to Moderate Psoriasis

Moderate to Severe Psoriasis

Lasers (targeted phototherapy)

UVB Phototherapy

PUVA Therapy (photochemotherapy)

Goeckerman Therapy and Ingram Regimen

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For an overview, visit the AAD pamphlet Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis.



Studies show that phototherapy (treatment that exposes the skin to light) offers some people long periods (6 to 12 months or longer) without psoriasis. And it can do this in a cost-effective way.

Is Phototherapy Right for Your Psoriasis?


There are different types of psoriasis treatment:

Medicine Applied to the Skin

Lasers and Other Light Therapies


Medicine that Works throughout the Body

Other Medications




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