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A 25-year-old female asked:

3 months april-september. 30 min sun exposure at noon 4x/week. no sunscreen(for vitamin d) my skin is thicker and brown. is it damaged?

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Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
Radiology 48 years experience
Yes: Darkening of the skin as a result of sun exposure is a symptom of skin damage and the body's attempt to mitigate this damage. In miami you probably should be getting no more than 10-15 minutes of unscreened sun exposure a day for vitamin d production. Taking supplements would be another alternative if you are relatively fair skinned.
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