There’s an app for cutting-edge psoriasis treatment: Tar and ultraviolet (UV) light combined

For many years, the healing properties of sunlight have been known to have a positive effect on psoriasis. As understanding of the condition advances, new psoriasis medications continue to be introduced. However, a 100-year-old method that mimics sunray exposure and utilizes other natural ingredients remains one of the most effective means of treating moderate-to-severe psoriasis.

What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition that generally affects the skin and joints. There are five different types of psoriasis: plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular and erythrodermic. The most common type of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis, which frequently appears as raised red or silver scaly patches on the outside of the elbows, knees, or on the scalp. In some patients, the rash appears in other locations on the body and may cause itchiness, stinging, pain, or soreness.

How is it treated?
Standard treatments for psoriasis include topical creams, light therapy, pills, and biologic injections to suppress the immune system. While these interventions are effective for some psoriasis sufferers, they do not work for all patients and long-term use of some treatments have negative side effects.

What is the Goeckerman regimen?
One of the oldest existing therapies for psoriasis is known as the Geockerman regimen, which was developed at the Mayo Clinic over 100 years ago and is comprised of three main components: coal tar, wrapping and UVB light.

The Goeckerman regimen, named after Dr. William Goeckerman, involves applying coal tar to the affected areas, wrapping the affected area in a dressing and then exposing the skin to ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation. This type of light reduces psoriasis plaques.
Although it works, the Goeckerman regimen is messy, time consuming, and requires special materials. Few dermatologists and psoriasis treatment centers still perform the regimen because of these drawbacks.

Luma Therapeutics has developed an innovative technology based on the Goeckerman regimen, but without the problems associated with this treatment.

Lee, E, and J Koo. “Modern Modified ‘Ultra’ Goeckerman Therapy: a PASI Assessment of a Very Effective Therapy for Psoriasis Resistant to Both Prebiologic and Biologic Therapies.” Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports., U.S. National Library of Medicine, Apr. 2005,

In addition to being very effective, Goeckerman is also very safe. There is no risk of skin thinning or many of the other negative side effects of topical steroids. There are no internal medications to take, no blood work to be checked, and no injections required.

What can I do?
Fortunately, the essential elements of the Goeckerman regimen are now available in the illuvinate™ System. This clean, affordable and simple-to-use system allows patients to treat themselves at home and attain lasting remission from psoriasis. It does not contain steroids or systemic drugs, and it does not have the side effects of other treatment options.

Find out if at-home, light-based therapy with the illuvinate system will work for you. Contact our Customer Care Team today.