Can sunscreens cause Vitamin D deficiency in our body?

People using a sun screen

Yes, sunscreens can cause Vitamin D deficiency since it blocks your skin’s exposure to ultraviolet rays of the sun.  As per the findings published in Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, the constant use of sunscreen can lead to Vitamin D deficiency.

While sunscreens have a lot of benefits and they are said to prevent sunburn, skin cancer and pre-mature aging, they can also lead to your skin not absorbing enough Vitamin D from sunlight.

The best way to handle this is to balance the use of sunscreen and your skin’s exposure to sunlight. As per research reports published in published in Osteoporosis International, 11 AM – 1PM is the best time to get sun exposure. A healthy adult generally needs a daily exposure of 20-30 minutes in the sun, to produce the requisite amount of Vitamin D in the body.

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