Increasing Vitamin D by Supplement?

Will taking more Vitamin D supplements help me tan instead of burn when sitting in the sun?

Doctor Answers 3

No it has nothing to do with it...only the ultraviolet B rays will help manufacture

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vitamin D...and mostly the suntan parlor lamps are ultraviolet you don't even benefit from having your skin manufacture the vitamin D with most tanning beds...and except for the summer months there's not sufficient ultraviolet B to manufacture enough vitamin D to keep your levels up...and that's why low levels of vitamin D are so prevalent...some say that half the population maybe deficient in the vitamin...

Las Vegas Dermatologist

Glisodin May Help Patients Tan More, Burn Less

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Hi Jac,

Vitamin D orally will not help you tan instead of burn when exposed to the sun.  Interestingly, I just read a study about an oral supplement, Glisodin, that in the study helped patients tan instead of burn in the sun.  Here is the study:


 Glisodin and exposure to the sun
Open study sponsored by ISOCELL Nutra, France. Conducted in France on 150 patients by 40
dermatologists following a protocol compiled by Catherine Laverdet, M.D., Nadine Pomarede,
M.D. and Catherine Oliveres-Ghouti, M.D.
150 patients (120 women + 30 men).
Inclusion criteria:
- Sensitive, dry or reactive skin.
- Readily irritated, fair skin.
- Hypersensitivity to sunshine, even UV radiation- induced, cutaneous pathology.
Duration of treatment and dosage:
- Patients took Glisodin for at least 15 days before their holidays: 2 x 250 mg capsules per day.
- The same dosage was maintained throughout the holidays.
- Patients sunbathed as usual and continued to use their regular sun screen (Index 20 to 100).
Enrolled patients were split into three different groups:
· Group 1: 75 patients who suffer flushes as soon as sun exposure begins or following
more or less serious sunburns.
· Group 2: 60 patients who experience LEB-type sun allergic reactions.
· Group 3: 15 patients with other reactions such as pruritus, solar eczema and rashes.
After 4 to 8 weeks, outcomes were as follows:
· Group 1: of the 75 patients, 64 had no sunburn; 6 had diminished episodes and 5 had had
a full-blown episode of sunburn.
· Group 2: of the 60 patients, 44 did not experience any LEB-type reaction; 6 had an
attenuated reaction and 10 had had a full-blown reaction.
· Group 3: none of the 15 patients suffered the usual symptoms.
· 110 patients judge that their skin was well prepared for exposure to the sun.
· 76 patients judge that they tanned more with less exposure to the sun.
· 62 patients judge that taking Glisodine speeds up the tanning process.
Eighty-eight patients declared their quality of life to have been improved. The most commonly
mentioned criteria were:
· Increased vitality (61)
· Higher quality sleep (48)
· Increased wakefulness (22)
· Attenuated muscle pain (34)
· Improved memory and concentration (29)
· Quicker recovery following physical exercise (29)
A first study conducted in 2003 by Dr. Laverdet in 15 patients had shown Glisodin to be
effective in patients who experience sun-induced skin reactions. This much larger-scale study -
conducted in 150 patients by 40 dermatologists spread throughout France - shows that Glisodin
(at a dosage of 2 capsules a day beginning 15 days before sunbathing and throughout the
holidays) prepares the skin for exposure to the sun and undeniably improves the condition of
both the patient's skin and general condition.
53 bd du Général Martial Valin
75015 Paris,FRANCE.
Tel.: +33 1 53 98 85 00


Remember to always use your sunblock!  Good luck and be well.

Dr. P


Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Vitamin D does not help you tan

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Vitamin D is a vitamin that is produced from sun light hitting our skin.  It can also be found in some foods.  Vitamin D is important for our bones.  However, vitamin D has nothing to do with producing a tan.  So while taking vitamin D supplements is a good idea for healthy bones, it will not help you tan or prevent a sun burn.  

Mark Horowitz, DO
Torrance Dermatologist

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