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The Best Non-Steroid Topical Treatments for Psoriasis, According to Dermatologists

If you’ve been diagnosed with psoriasis, there’s a good chance your dermatologist has prescribed a topical steroid treatment to help get it under control. Many doctors and patients find them to be a reliable short-term option for the dry, flaky patches of skin known as plaques. However, a recent story about a woman’s adverse reaction to using….

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The One Treatment Kim Kardashian Swears By for Treating Her Psoriasis

Life with psoriasis has its share of challenges, particularly when it comes to finding a way to manage the condition. But, in a new post on her app, Kim Kardashian says she’s found a treatment that helps ease her symptoms. “The disease is something I have learned to live with, but there are still times when I can feel….

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Kim Kardashian Says This At-Home Device Actually Works For Psoriasis

Kim Kardashian West has publicly battled chronic psoriasis since 2010, and has proven that she’s willing to try almost anything to treat the side effects — from medical-grade cortisone injections, to bottling up Costa Rican spring water, to stealing Kourtney’s breast milk and splashing it onto her legs. But now, the mom-of-three has finally found the holy-grail treatment that has helped….

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Kim Kardashian Reveals She Treats Her Psoriasis With This At-Home Phototherapy Device

Kim Kardashian West has long been open about her experience with psoriasis. Last year, she shared that seaweed-based beauty products were helping to soothe her flaky, irritated skin. But the search apparently continued for a treatment that truly works. According to a new post on her app, it seems as though Kardashian West has finally found it. “The disease is something I….

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Kim Kardashian’s Psoriasis: The New Beauty Gadget That Finally Cleared Her Skin Condition

Kim has been battling the skin condition since 2010, frequently revealing red, scaly patches on her skin at red carpet events. After years of treatments, she’s finally found something that really helps. Kim Kardashian may seen perfect, but the skin condition psoriasis has been plaguing her for years. Kim wrote on her website on June 12, “The disease is something I….

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Ask the Expert: A Chat With Dr. Pearl Grimes

Since being diagnosed, the Kardashian swears by the light therapy system which she says worked to treat her skin. We spoke with Clarify’s lead dermatologist, Dr. Pearl Grimes to get the scoop on this treatment. Elevate Magazine: What are the causes of psoriasis? Dr. Grimes: Genetics plays a big role in the likelihood of developing psoriasis. If….

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Clarify Medical Announces Issuance of Patent for Smartphone-Connected Phototherapy System

–Technology Powers Home-Based System Targeted at the Treatment of Psoriasis and Vitiligo– SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Clarify Medical, developer of the Clarify Medical® Home Light Therapy System, a software-controlled home phototherapy system for the treatment of psoriasis, vitiligo, eczema, and other skin conditions, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued US patent 9,9913,993, entitled….

Clarify Medical Announces Issuance of Patent for Phototherapy Light Engine Technology

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Clarify Medical, developer of the Clarify Medical® Home Light Therapy System, a software-controlled home phototherapy system for the treatment of psoriasis, vitiligo, and eczema, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued US patent 9,901,747, entitled “Phototherapy Light Engine.” The patent covers a precision, targeted phototherapy device using UVB LEDs,….

Clarify Medical to Launch First Smartphone-Connected Home Phototherapy System

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Clarify Medical will introduce the Clarify Medical® Home Light Therapy System, an FDA-cleared home phototherapy system for the treatment of psoriasis, vitiligo, and eczema at the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting in San Diego later this week. The Clarify System is the first and only phototherapy system that uses an app on the….

Clarify Medical CEO Jim Sweeney Steps Down

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–San Diego-based Clarify Medical, the developer and marketer of Clarify Medical™ Home Light Therapy System, announced today that its CEO Jim Sweeney has resigned for health reasons. Rex Bright, a current Board member of Clarify Medical, has agreed to serve as interim President and CEO until the company is prepared to announce a….

Clarify’s Home Light Therapy System for Treatment of Vitiligo is Now Available Nationally

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–San Diego-based Clarify Medical’s Home Light Therapy System, an FDA-cleared home-based treatment technology for vitiligo, is now available nationwide. During a usage trial, vitiligo patients utilizing the lightweight home-based system experienced noticeable improvement (including re-pigmentation), some within as little as three weeks. The Clarify System allows convenient home phototherapy linking patient, physician and Clarify….

Clarify Medical Announces National Launch of Home Light Therapy System for Psoriasis

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–San Diego-based Clarify Medical, the developer and marketer of the Clarify Medical™ Home Light Therapy System, announced today that its FDA-cleared home-based treatment technology for psoriasis and vitiligo is now rolling out for national distribution. The lightweight Clarify system allows convenient home phototherapy linking patient, physician and Clarify CarePartner through Android and IOS smartphones….

Skylit Medical Changes Name to Clarify Medical, Appoints New CEO

San Diego medtech startup Skylit Medical has changed its name to Clarify Medical and brought in local executive James M. Sweeney as its new CEO. Sweeney is taking the reins from Martyn Gross, the company’s founder and CEO for the past two years. Gross, 33, will stay on as the company’s VP of innovation. “Martyn….

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A cross-sectional, comparative study of home vs in-office NB-UVB phototherapy for vitiligo.

Dillon JP, Ford C, Hynan LS, Pandya AG.
Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed. 2017;33:282–283.

Narrowband ultraviolet B (NB-UVB) phototherapy is an effective treatment for vitiligo, resulting in up to 75% repigmentation in 9 months; however, compliance is often poor due to the economic burden and inconvenience associated with this form of therapy. Home phototherapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for a variety of skin conditions, including….

Psoriasis Treatment Cost Comparison: Biologics Versus Home Phototherapy.

Cardwell L, Feldman S, Hyde K, et al.
Am J Pharm Benefits. 2018;10(1):18-21

The economic burden of psoriasis is substantial. It is important to consider the costs to the healthcare system over a patient’s lifetime when they start biologics or home phototherapy. Phototherapy is an effective and economical option for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.

Narrowband ultraviolet B (NBUVB) phototherapy in children with moderate to severe eczema: a comparative cohort study.

Darne S, Leech SN, Taylor AEM.
Br J Dermatol. 2014;170(1):150-6.

Atopic dermatitis can usually be controlled with appropriate skin care and topical steroids or topical calcineurin inhibitors. However, more severe disease can disrupt the life of a child and his or her family. All too often, parents receive repeated courses of systemic steroids, which can cause HPA axis suppression and growth retardation. Systemic immunosuppressives also….

Management of atopic dermatitis: safety and efficacy of phototherapy

Patrizi A, Raone B, Ravaiolo GM.
Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. 2015;8:511-520.

Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common chronic inflammatory skin disease that can affect all age groups. Phototherapy represents a valid second-line intervention in those cases where non-pharmacological and topical measures have failed. This review illustrates the main trials comparing the efficacy and safety of the different forms of phototherapy. Clinicians mainly refer to the indications….

Guidelines of care for the management of atopic dermatitis. Section 3. Management and treatment with phototherapy and systemic agents

Sidbury R, Davis DM, Cohen DE, et al.
J Am Acad Dermatol 2014;71:327-49.

Atopic dermatitis is a chronic, pruritic inflammatory dermatosis that affects up to 25% of children and 2% to 3% of adults. This guideline addresses important clinical questions that arise in atopic dermatitis management and care, providing recommendations based on the available evidence. In this third of 4 sections, treatment of atopic dermatitis with phototherapy and….

Twenty-year follow-up using a postal survey of childhood vitiligo treated with narrowband ultraviolet-B phototherapy.

Lommerts JE, Njoo MD, de Rie MA, et al.
Br J Dermatol. 2017 Jan 24.

Vitiligo is a depigmenting skin disorder with an estimated prevalence of 1%. Childhood-onset vitiligo occurs in approximately a third of all cases. Early-onset childhood vitiligo tends to be a more extensive and progressive type of vitiligo. Narrowband ultraviolet-B (NB-UVB) phototherapy is an effective treatment option in active vitiligo and leads to >75% repigmentation in 14-75%….

Randomized, parallel group trial comparing home-based phototherapy with institution-based 308 excimer lamp for the treatment of focal vitiligo vulgaris.

Guan STT, Theng C, Chang A.
J Am Acad Dermatol. 2015;27(4):733-735.

While phototherapy is a treatment of choice for vitiligo, it is time consuming and generally carried out in a health institution. This study compared home-based phototherapy with institution-based excimer. The home based phototherapy group had better efficacy with 72% and 50% in the group achieving good and excellent repigmentation, respectively, in contrast to only 54%….

The Vitiligo Working Group recommendations for narrowband ultraviolet B light phototherapy treatment of vitiligo.

Mohammad TF, Al-Jamal M, Hamzavi IH, et al.
J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017;76(5):879-888.

Narrowband ultraviolet B light (NBUVB) is an important component of the standard of care in vitiligo treatment. However, there are no consistent guidelines regarding the dosing and administration of NBUVB in vitiligo. In this study, experts in vitiligo treatment make broad recommendations to assist dermatologists in the treatment of vitiligo with NBUVB phototherapy.

Combining biologic and phototherapy treatments for psoriasis: safety, efficacy, and patient acceptability.

Farahnik B, Patel V, Beroukhim K, et al.
Psoriasis Targets and Therapy. 2016;6:105-111.

The efficacy and safety of biologic and phototherapy in treating moderate-to-severe psoriasis is well known. However, some patients may not respond well to biologic agents or phototherapy on their own and may require combination therapy. Skillfully combining a biologic agent and phototherapy may provide an additive improvement without much increase in risks. This study summarizes….

Incidence of skin cancers in 3867 patients treated with narrow-band ultraviolet B phototherapy.

Hearn RM, Kerr AC, Rahim KF, et al.
Br J Dermatol. 2008;159:931-5.

Narrow-band ultraviolet B (NB-UVB) phototherapy is a widely used treatment. Psoralen-UVA photochemotherapy (PUVA) increases skin cancer risk and some animal studies have raised the possibility of an increased risk with NB-UVB. This study assessed the effect of NB-UVB exposure treatment numbers on the risk of developing skin cancer. No significant association between NB-UVB treatment and….

Guidelines of care for the management of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Section 5. Guidelines of care for the treatment of psoriasis with phototherapy and photochemotherapy.

Menter A, Korman NJ, Elmets CA, et al.
J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010;62:114-35.

Psoriasis is a common, chronic, inflammatory, multisystem disease with predominantly skin and joint manifestations affecting approximately 2% of the population. In this fifth of 6 sections of the guidelines of care for psoriasis, we discuss the use of ultraviolet (UV) light therapy for the treatment of patients with psoriasis. Treatment should be tailored to meet….