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Do Regular Use of Sunscreen Cause Vitamin D Deficiency?

Vitamin D is an essential component of our body. However, there have been some concerns that sunscreen use causes deficiency of vitamin D. Let’s find out if it is true or just a myth.

Vitamin D is related to sun exposure because sunlight initiates some reactions, producing active vitamin D. Still, sun exposure has been proven to contribute to serious skin issues such as scars and skin cancer. That’s why it is recommended to never step out in the sun without sunscreen. This is a valid reason to raise a concern if sunscreen’s blocking action of sunlight causes  deficiency of vitamin D or not. Luckily, extensive studies have been done in this area to report valid results.                             

Although no research reports use of chemicals in sunscreen formulations, extensive research on the functionality of sunscreen and vitamins deficiency has addressed the issue that sunscreen contributes a very small part to this vitamin deficiency. There can be several underlying issues causing vitamin D deficiency, and sunscreen is insignificant in this list. So don’t ever miss out on your sunscreen. If you are deficient in vitamins, talk to your physician and make necessary changes in your diet or take vitamins externally to address the issue.

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About the Author: Dr. Iqra Mubashar is a registered Pharmacist originally from Lahore, Pakistan. She has earned her pharmacy degree from the University of veterinary and animal sciences, Lahore. She has completed her internship as a trainee from Children hospital, Lahore. She has completed her research work in clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutics. She has worked as a healthcare documentation head in Al-Qasim enterprises, Islamabad. She has specialized in prescription handling, drugs information, literature research, patient counseling, and pharmaceutical care planning. Her research work on coronavirus is under publication.

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