Our love-hate relationship with the Sun

Written by on September 14, 2010 in in the news, Rosacea Supplements with 2 Comments

If you are like me, that is like most rosacea sufferers, you wonder where is the middle ground with our relationship to the sun. It seems that each month a new tiny bit of research shows that Vitamin D is important for something else.

The best way to get Vitamin D is through sun exposure. Unfortunately the biggest trigger for many rosacea sufferers is the sun.

Further, living in a country like Australia we are bombarded with messages about the prevalence of skin cancer, continually being told how important it is is cover up when outside. Indeed an Australian only needs to travel to Europe to discover for themselves just how ferocious the Australian sun really is.

So how can we possibly know how much sun exposure is best for our health? This is an open question that I don’t believe anyone can answer with any degree of certainty.

Part of the problem is that these sorts of debates are conducted in a forum, short press releases, where the required amount of detail to have a proper discussion are simply missing.

Take the following conclusion from an ABC Health article;

Low vitamin D linked to schizophrenia

Babies born with low vitamin D levels are twice as likely to develop schizophrenia later in life, researchers from the Queensland Brain Institute have found.

“Rates of melanoma and skin cancer are obviously very high in our country and directly related to sun exposure, particularly in childhood,” he says.

“So on the one hand we need to be careful about over exposure to sunlight, on the other hand it may well be that in some places, or in some individuals, low levels of vitamin D may constitute a risk factor, particularly in pregnancy and therefore affecting the rates of vitamin D in newborn children.”

The researchers can only conclude that for some people, in some places, low levels of Vitamin D may constitute an extra risk factor for schizophrenia. So far there is only a statistical link, it will take many years before a positive link could be found.

I have to admit that I cringe a bit every time one of these sorts of health items makes the news. They seem to add so little to useful every day living, and just leave us more confused.

As for me, I’m going to continue to wear a SPF 20 sunscreen everyday on my face, something stronger if I’m in direct sun for an extended period, and actually enjoy a few rays on the rest of my body – seems it might just stop me going mad !

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2 Reader Comments

  1. Doug says:

    I know my skin looks great when I am in the sun. It is very white and smooth. I believe it is due to receiving Vitamin D directly to the skin. I feel higher levels of Vit D will “normalize” the Vitamin D Receptor activation in Rosaceans. I have read in a lot of diseases the Vitamin D Receptor activation is not normal and in order to normalize it you need to double your Vit D levels – (70ng – 100ng). If you cant get your Vit D levels up from the sun (which I feel is the best option) then Vit D3 supplements is the way to go. We are all different and many factors go into Vit D absorbtion so the only way of knowing if you are getting enough Vit D is to get tested every 3-4 months until you can figure out what dose is right for you.

  2. gg says:

    Yeah know what it means to feel like your going mad.. I have rosacea on my cheeks and nose..but this is the only part of my face that I dont have acitinic keratoses pre cancer spots, that I have to use efudex (chemotherapy cream)on every couple of years, to clear up any more cell damage before they can turn into Bccs or scs. My face is very confused. Wonder if the rosacea symptoms, keep the cancer cell damage at bay. Any ideas.

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