We need all of our vitamins to stay healthy, but some articles in the press recently have surmised that sunscreen blocks Vitamin D creation. Dr. Schultz will get to the bottom of this theory and share whether or not it has any merit.
Read the full transcript »

Dr. Neal Schultz: Hello, I'm Dr. Neal Schultz and welcome to DermTv. In order to be healthy you need to get enough of all of the vitamins everyday and one vitamin in particular, Vitamin D, is actually made by the body when the sun hits your skin. And I know, it's the first time you heard me say the sun does something good for your body. However, there has been a lot written in the press recently sensationalizing the potential risk of sunscreen causing Vitamin D deficiency because sunscreens today so effectively block UVB rays of the sun, and it's those UVB rays that enable the body to make the Vitamin D. In reality, you only need a few minutes of unprotected sun exposure to make enough Vitamin D everyday, and despite your best intentions of using sunscreen properly and using it effectively, it's still not going to be perfect and a certain amount of sun is going to get through the sunscreen, and get around the sunscreen, and thereby enable your body to make natural Vitamin D anyway. Having said that, if you are still concerned that you do not have enough Vitamin D either because you're using sunscreen or more probably because you are indoors all day, it is very easy to get a simple Vitamin D blood test from your doctor to find out whether or not you have enough. Or alternatively, you can eat foods that are rich in Vitamin D like certain fish, vegetables, and fortified cereals or just take a Vitamin D pills everyday. But don't risk sun damage in the form of wrinkles and skin cancer by not using sunscreen just because you are trying to get more natural Vitamin D. It just doesn't make sense and you probably have enough Vitamin D anyway. Please join me again at dermtv.com. If you have a question please send it to me by visiting dermtv.com/question. I'm Dr. Neal Schultz and thank you for watching today.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement