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Sunscreen Does Not Cause Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D is important because it helps our body absorb calcium that is needed to keep our bones and muscles strong. Vitamin D Deficiency

The primary source of vitamin D is the UV rays from the sun. When UVB rays hit the skin, it converts a protein into a more active form of vitamin D. 

There are some who claim that wearing sunscreen on a daily basis increases your risk for vitamin D deficiency.

Is there any truth to this?


There is no adequate evidence to support this claim. In fact, there are a number of those who are residing in Britain who are vitamin D deficient with or without the daily application of sunscreen.

A study done in Australia has also shown that there is no difference between the vitamin D levels between a group that applied sunscreen daily and a group that applied a placebo.

Other factors are needed to significantly lower vitamin D absorption in the body. These are your place of residence, an existing health condition that intervenes with vitamin D absorption, obesity, skin color, and intake of particular medicines.

If you think you lack sun exposure, you can always add sources of vitamin D to your diet such as fatty fish and fortified foods. Oral supplementation is also helpful if food sources are difficult to acquire.  

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About the Author: Dr. Elli Reyes is a specialist of Aesthetic Medicine from the Philippines. With over four years of specialized training, her aesthetic practice has involved a variety of skin treatments involving Botox, fillers, and the like. As a licensed physician, she has been engaged by multiple clinics and is regularly interviewed by the local media as an expert in the science of the skin. Her research and writings to date have centered on nutrition, functional health, and general beauty.

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