Sunscreen use for daily and recreational photoprotection does not appear to compromise vitamin D levels, even when applied under optimal conditions

In May 2019 researchers from France, Belgium, USA, Brazil, Germany, Australia, Senegal and the UK published their review of the medical scientific literature to assess the association between vitamin D status and whether there is any effect on levels with the use of sunscreen photoprotection. There is a global concern about vitamin D deficiency which has fueled debates on the use of sunscreens and the importance of solar exposure to meet vitamin D requirements. A vitamin D level of over 50 nmol/L is the target for all individuals. Results showed that broad-spectrum sunscreens, that prevent erythema, are unlikely to compromise vitamin D levels in healthy populations. Patients with photosensitivity disorders, who require rigorous photoprotection, should however receive vitamin D screening. Supplementation is also advised for this group.

Passeron T et al. Sunscreen photoprotection and vitamin D status. Br J Dermatol. 2019 May 8. [Epub ahead of print]

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