5 years ago

Synergistic Effects of Long Wavelength Ultraviolet A1 and Visible Light on Pigmentation and Erythema

I. H. Hamzavi, H. W. Lim, T. F. Mohammad, Kohli, S. Fatima, C. L. Nicholson, S. Chaowattanapanit, G. Jacobsen, N. Kollias
Background Visible light (VL) induces multiple cutaneous effects. Sunscreen testing protocols recommended by regulatory bodies throughout the world require the use of solar simulators with spectral output in ultraviolet (UV) domain only. However, sunlight contains VL and infrared radiation also. Objective This study aimed to evaluate the contributions of VL and UVA on pigmentation and erythema, and optimize parameters for in-vivo testing. Methods Ten subjects with Fitzpatrick skin phototype IV-VI were enrolled. Subjects were irradiated on their back with VL using two light sources: one containing pure VL and one containing VL with less than 0.5% UVA1 (VL+UVA1). Four different irradiances were administered to investigate reciprocity behaviour. Assessments, including photography, investigator's global assessment, colorimetry, and spectroscopy, were performed immediately, 24 hours, 7 days and 14 days post-irradiation. Results Pigmentation was observed with both light sources; however, pigment intensity was greater with VL+UVA1 than pure VL. Reciprocity was observed in pure VL sites, but not VL+UVA1. Variation in spectral output had greater impact on pigment intensity than irradiance. Clinical erythema was observed on the VL+UVA1 side, but not on the pure VL side. Protocol for testing photoprotection product efficacy against VL induced effects has been proposed. Conclusions The findings suggest a synergistic relationship between VL and UVA1 and emphasize the need for developing means of photoprotection against VL. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1111/bjd.15940

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