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Are there harmful effects of wearing too much sunscreen?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arlo Miller
Dermatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

You can get your daily vitamin d needs far more reliably from a supplement that shouldn't cost more than $4/ month.
Then you can use all the sunscreen you want and look younger longer & get fewer skin cancers.

In brief: No

You can get your daily vitamin d needs far more reliably from a supplement that shouldn't cost more than $4/ month.
Then you can use all the sunscreen you want and look younger longer & get fewer skin cancers.
Dr. Arlo Miller
Dr. Arlo Miller
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Dr. Wilfred Brown
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No harmful effects

Sunscreen should be applied before your initial exposure to the sun, then should be applied several times during the day, especially if you are perspiring a lot.
The only negative side effect is theoretical vitamin d deficiency if you have no exposure at all to ultraviolet light, so a little sun exposure may be desirable. Moderation is the best policy.

In brief: No harmful effects

Sunscreen should be applied before your initial exposure to the sun, then should be applied several times during the day, especially if you are perspiring a lot.
The only negative side effect is theoretical vitamin d deficiency if you have no exposure at all to ultraviolet light, so a little sun exposure may be desirable. Moderation is the best policy.
Dr. Wilfred Brown
Dr. Wilfred Brown
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Dr. Jeffrey Rosenthal
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Perhaps

The biggest harm is that you think you can still bake in the sun.
Sun protectors only decrease the amount of radiation exposure. You still are damaging the skin and underlying tissues.

In brief: Perhaps

The biggest harm is that you think you can still bake in the sun.
Sun protectors only decrease the amount of radiation exposure. You still are damaging the skin and underlying tissues.
Dr. Jeffrey Rosenthal
Dr. Jeffrey Rosenthal
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Low vitamin D level

Wearing a lot of sunscreen is unlikely to cause any problems unless a person is allergic to or sensitive to some chemical in the sunscreen.
Without sunlight hitting the skin directly, a person will have less vitamin d. If he is not drinking milk nor taking vitamin d supplements, he may develop vitamin d deficiency. A doctor can check the person's blood vitamin d level.

In brief: Low vitamin D level

Wearing a lot of sunscreen is unlikely to cause any problems unless a person is allergic to or sensitive to some chemical in the sunscreen.
Without sunlight hitting the skin directly, a person will have less vitamin d. If he is not drinking milk nor taking vitamin d supplements, he may develop vitamin d deficiency. A doctor can check the person's blood vitamin d level.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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