Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Should I Use Sunscreen?

Friday, 23 Dec 2011 09:29 AM

Question: First, let me say I love your website column. I wish you were my doctor! I have fair skin and know a few people who have died from melanoma. So I always make sure that I apply sunscreen when going outdoors. But now I read so many articles about the benefits of vitamin D and how it is created by sunlight. Should I keep applying sunscreen?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
Sunscreens are advised to be used to protect the skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. They help prevent sunburn and premature aging, decrease the risk of skin cancer and also of sunburn-like skin reactions (sun sensitivity) caused by some medications, and is highly recommended for the outdoors. There is some controversy regarding wearing sunscreen can cause vitamin D deficiency, but few dermatologists believe (and no studies have shown) that sunscreens cause vitamin D deficiency.

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