20th August 2018
We answer one of the biggest rebukes to SPF50+ sunscreens.
While the sun can cause serious skin damage, it also helps the body produce vitamin D for the development and maintenance of healthy teeth and bones. Some people often worry that sunscreens will interfere with vitamin D production especially sunscreens with high SPF’s. Studies in high-risk groups have found that sunscreen use does not cause vitamin D deficiency nor does it increase the risk of osteoporosis. Normal vitamin D levels can be maintained from diet and supplements.
The BDNG and the SAPHNA agree that there is a clear link between skin cancers and sun exposure. They recommend a diet rich in vitamin D and/or supplements as a more effective and safer alternative than putting yourself or loved ones at risk of skin cancers by not using a sunscreen.
If you are concerned about your vitamin D levels we recommend consulting your GP to get tested. Based on the test result, your doctor may recommend vitamin D supplements
The following studies have also shown that there is no clear link between sunscreen use and vitamin D deficiency:
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