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Are you getting vitamin d if you wear sunscreen but your skin gets darker?

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Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Some: You get some vitamin d made in the skin from sun exposure, but it depends on skin color, sun screen, duration, intensity, geographic location and other factors.Generally, unless you live in the sunbelt, there is insufficient sun exposure during a significant portion of the year. Tanning is not the same as vitamin d metabolism, and actually leads to lower sun exposure due to increased pigment.

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