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Do Tattoos, Scars, Marks, etc. affect Vitamin D Synthesis?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 07, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Does changing your natural skin characteristics by accident or by choice affect the synthesis of vitamin D3 by my skin? Scar tissues, moles, freckles, aren't the same as regular skin, but natural. Tattoos on the other hand are self inflicted permanence. If someone gets a large piece of work that covers large areas of the body, will that affect vitamin D synthesis positively, negatively or neutral. Tattoos, heat up hotter than the rest of the skin, and consequently hurt like a muthah when you get sunburnt; but does this increases the synthesis, or inhibit it?

Has there been any research on this topic?

Addendum: Does someone with large pieces of ink or scars need to supplement D3?

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on May 15, 2012
at 02:17 PM

Just because it's "traditional" doesn't mean it's good for you.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on May 08, 2011
at 12:57 AM

The uv light is blocked at the surface by the density of the metals. That is why. And interestingly enough once tatoo'd you ability to convert to vit D 3 also decreases faster than it does in non tatoo'd folks

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on May 08, 2011
at 12:56 AM

Yes cilantro is awesome chelator. I ask people to eat it twice a week in foods for prevention

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 07, 2011
at 08:51 PM

What is with traditional tribal totoos inuit, maori?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 07, 2011
at 06:34 PM

Dr. K, will the use of things like watercress, lemon juice, cilantro, and ginger help to detox the heavy metals?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 07, 2011
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Likewise. I'm heavily tattooed.

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on May 07, 2011
at 04:20 PM

Interested to know this as well!

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on May 15, 2012
at 03:20 AM

Vitamin d is formed at the outer most surface of the skin and not deep layers of the epidermis.

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on May 07, 2011
at 08:30 PM

Note, not a doctor, and don't play one on TV. However, my recollection is that Vitamin D is generated in the lowermost layers of the epidermis, and tattoos are in the dermis under that. So logically speaking, tattoos shouldn't block the UV that generates the vitamin D. The heating up you are getting indicates that there's more absorbtion of the rays though. Whether the heat and that interaction help/hinder D creation, I don't know (I'm assuming Dr K's info is better than mine on the real interaction being negative).

Scars are on the epidermis, but whether or not they impact Vitamin D generation to any extent, I don't know. I can see it if you've got extensive scarring, but it'd probably depend on degree.

Overall question though is vitamin D creation/supplementation. The reality is a huge number of people don't get enough vitamin D as it is. I suspect it's really a moot point since most people need to supplement, and you don't really know without blood tests.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on May 08, 2011
at 12:57 AM

The uv light is blocked at the surface by the density of the metals. That is why. And interestingly enough once tatoo'd you ability to convert to vit D 3 also decreases faster than it does in non tatoo'd folks

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on May 07, 2011
at 06:01 PM

Yes they do....the darker the pigment the lower the D level. And I won't even bring up the heavy metal toxicity we hAve to deal with in tated up folks.......that is another blog post.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 07, 2011
at 06:34 PM

Dr. K, will the use of things like watercress, lemon juice, cilantro, and ginger help to detox the heavy metals?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 07, 2011
at 08:51 PM

What is with traditional tribal totoos inuit, maori?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on May 08, 2011
at 12:56 AM

Yes cilantro is awesome chelator. I ask people to eat it twice a week in foods for prevention

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20888)

on May 15, 2012
at 02:17 PM

Just because it's "traditional" doesn't mean it's good for you.

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