No matter how minor or invasive, seeing a dermatologist about a troubling skin issue is always a good idea. For one, you want to rule out any serious conditions and get a proper diagnosis. But you also might find out about treatments you hadn’t considered. If skin issues like psoriasis, vitiligo, or eczema are bothering you, XTRAC laser therapy might be an option for you.
A relatively rare skin condition that affects roughly 1% of the population is called vitiligo. This issue causes patchy areas of white skin that have seemed to lose their color. Vitiligo occurs when the cells that produce melanin (melanocytes) die or stop functioning, no longer producing pigmentation in hair or skin.
Another condition that’s far more common in dermatology patients is called eczema, also known as dermatitis. This condition causes red, scaly patches on the skin that might itch. These flare-ups can become more irritated with colder weather, exposure to allergens, or contact with harsh chemicals.
Psoriasis consists of thick, inflamed areas with shiny red scales. This condition is also fairly common and often coincides with exposure to cold weather or other irritants. However, it can manifest as a response to stress, to erratic changes in the white blood cells, by reactions to certain drugs, and even by injury or infection.
Laser and light therapies have become increasingly popular over the last decade as they’ve been shown quite effective in treating certain skin conditions. The XTRAC laser therapy is a common vitiligo treatment.
Utilizing a narrowband UVB light delivered through a highly targeted beam, XTRAC precisely treats the area affected by vitiligo while leaving unaffected skin untouched by the laser. This treatment can stop vitiligo from spreading or slow its progression, as well as restore the skin’s natural pigment. Best of all, the XTRAC laser treatment process only takes about 5-10 minutes.
While XTRAC is unable to treat all forms of psoriasis, it can treat some. When the XTRAC laser is used as a psoriasis treatment, it’s best performed on small areas of the skin. It will take several sessions to see improvement, but plaques are generally cleared up if the skin responds well to XTRAC laser treatment. Typically, it’s best used in conjunction with other methods of treatment, including sprays or ointments.
XTRAC can also be used on eczema, particularly the type known as atopic dermatitis. By focusing the beam of light over the affected area, eczema may be able to improve without the use of steroidal creams and ointments.
Generally, there is no pain with XTRAC treatment. There are very rarely any side effects, but it’s important to talk to your doctor if you have a history of skin cancer in your family, as this type of light therapy may cause non-melanoma skin cancers in some.
Vanguard Dermatology, based in the greater New York City area, has extensive experience with the XTRAC laser therapy. If you’re suffering from any of these three conditions or other pigment disorders, contact us today for an appointment. Our board-certified specialists can properly diagnose the condition, make treatment recommendations, and perform XTRAC laser therapy in our office.