NBUVB Therapy Specialist

Balcones Dermatology & Aesthetics

Dermatologist & Cosmetic Dermatologist located in Austin, TX

Narrow band ultraviolet B (NBUVB) phototherapy is a non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical treatment for chronic skin conditions like eczema, vitiligo, and psoriasis. At Balcones Dermatology in Austin, Texas, experienced dermatologist David A. Bushore, MD, provides NBUVB therapy using the latest and most advanced equipment. To schedule a treatment consultation, call Balcones Dermatology or book an appointment online today.

Narrow Band UVB (nbUVB) Phototherapy Q & A

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Narrow Band UVB (nbUVB) Phototherapy Q & A

What is NBUVB therapy?

Narrow band UVB (NBUVB) phototherapy is a treatment for certain skin conditions that uses a specific wavelength of ultraviolet (UV) light. It is the most beneficial type of UV light that comes from natural sunlight, which helps calm some inflammation within the skin. The treatment requires a prescription from a physician.

While NBUVB therapy doesn’t cure most skin diseases, treatments can reduce the number of flare-ups or the severity of your symptoms. You get the treatments regularly according to a schedule set by Dr. Bushore. He examines your skin and determines how often you should get treatments to minimize side effects while experiencing the most benefits. 

What does NBUVB therapy treat?

NBUVB therapy is an excellent treatment option that doesn’t involve medications or surgery. You might benefit from NBUVB therapy if you have:


If you have vitiligo, your skin loses its melanocytes (pigment-producing cells) over time. That causes increasing patches of skin discoloration that are lighter than your natural skin tone. NBUVB therapy can stop or slow its progression.


Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes the reproduction process of your skin cells to speed up. Its main symptom is dry patches of skin, often with scales. NBUVB therapy can encourage your skin cells to reproduce at a slower rate to reduce symptoms.  


Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition that affects your skin’s protective moisture barrier. With NBUVB therapy, you can calm some of the inflammation and irritation. 

Seborrheic dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is a skin condition that affects your scalp. The condition’s main characteristics are dandruff, greasiness, and itchiness.


Leucoderma is similar to vitiligo. It’s a rare skin condition that also destroys your melanocytes, causing white skin discoloration as a result.

What should I expect during NBUVB therapy?

Balcones Dermatology offers NBUVB therapy using the best equipment available today — the Daavlin® 3 Series: Full Body Cabinet.

Your sessions happen two to five times a week.  During them, you stand in the cabinet-like device undressed and wearing protective goggles. For a few minutes, ultraviolet light covers your whole body inside the cabinet.

Dr. Bushore supervises your NBUVB treatment sessions and can adjust settings based on your skin type and the severity of your skin condition. 

To find out more about NBUVB therapy for skin conditions like vitiligo and psoriasis, call Balcones Dermatology or schedule an appointment online today.