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Can Sunscreen Cause a Vitamin D Deficiency?

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Can Sunscreen Cause a Vitamin D Deficiency?

Can Sunscreen Cause a Vitamin D Deficiency?

Every spring, store shelves are fully stocked with dozens of brands and types of sunscreen. Each container varies by its SPF, the shape of its container, whether or not it’s designed for children or adults, and how many hours it’s supposed to provide protection. No matter which sunscreen you select, you can rest assured that most sunscreens with an SPF factor over 15 will provide a good amount of protection from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays.

Given the benefits of using sunscreen, are you at all concerned that some people have become convinced that using sunscreen can potentially cause a Vitamin D deficiency? This  belief has gained notoriety over the past few years. According to SkinCancer.org, however, “There is some controversy regarding this issue, but few dermatologists believe (and no studies have shown) that sunscreen causes vitamin D deficiency. Also, vitamin D is available in dietary supplements and foods such as salmon and eggs, as well as enriched milk and orange juice.”

Why is Vitamin D Important?
According to the VitaminDCouncil.org, “Vitamin D is important for good overall health and strong and healthy bones. It’s also an important factor in making sure your muscles, heart, lungs and brain work well and that your body can fight infection. Your body can make its own vitamin D from sunlight. You can also get vitamin D from supplements and a very small amount comes from a few foods you eat.”

Do Not Stop Using Sunscreen – No Matter What!
Despite the fact that the human body needs Vitamin D to remain healthy and strong, the benefits of sunscreen greatly outweigh the remote possibility that using sunscreen may result in a Vitamin D deficiency. Sunscreen helps prevent skin damage, signs of aging, and cancer.

How to Ensure Your Body Receives Enough Vitamin D?
The majority of people who wear sunscreen on a consistent basis do not have a Vitamin D deficiency. Eating a healthy diet and taking a daily multi-vitamin that contains a Vitamin D supplement is generally enough to guarantee a sufficient level. Additionally, being outside in the sunlight for up to half an hour two or more times per week is enough for the human body to produce sufficient Vitamin D levels.

Keep Your Skin Healthy!

At some point in the  future, there may be alternatives to sunscreen for protecting the skin from damaging ultraviolet rays. But for now, sunscreen, as well as protective clothing and gear, are the best tools for protection. It’s important that people not forget all of the benefits of sunscreen just because of concern about the  risk of a Vitamin D deficiency that might result. With a healthy diet and vitamin supplements, the benefits of sunscreen certainly outweigh any remote risks.

 

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