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Does chronic sunscreen use reduce vitamin D production to insufficient levels?

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  • M. Norval
  • Hans Chr. Wulf
Exposure to ultraviolet B radiation in sunlight provides the mechanism for more than 90% of the vitamin D production in most individuals. Concern has been expressed in recent years that the widespread use of sunscreens, particularly those with high sun protection factors, may lead to a significant decrease in solar-induced previtamin D-3 in the skin, resulting in a vitamin D level which is considered insufficient for protection against a wide range of diseases. In this article the published evidence to support and to question this view is presented. It is concluded that, although sunscreens can significantly reduce the production of vitamin D under very strictly controlled conditions, their normal usage does not generally result in vitamin D insufficiency
Udgivelsesdato: 2009/10
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftBritish Journal of Dermatology
Vol/bind161
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)732-736
Antal sider4
ISSN0007-0963
StatusUdgivet - 2009

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Times Cited: 5ReviewEnglishNorval, MUniv Edinburgh, Sch Med, Edinburgh EH8 9AG, Midlothian, ScotlandCited References Count: 49498GMWILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INCCOMMERCE PLACE, 350 MAIN ST, MALDEN 02148, MA USAMALDEN

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