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    Sunburn: Skin Types

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    Your skin type affects how easily you sunburn. But sun protection measures should be used for babies, small children, and older adults no matter what their skin type. Their skin is very sensitive to sunburn.

    Skin types and sunburn
    Type I

    Red hair, freckles (extremely sensitive)

    You sunburn easily and are not likely to tan.

    Type II

    Fair skin, blue eyes (very sensitive)

    You usually sunburn easily and tan a little.

    Type III

    Most whites (sensitive)

    You sunburn sometimes and tan slowly.

    Type IV

    Mediterranean, Hispanic, Asian (moderately sensitive)

    You sunburn a little and usually tan well.

    Type V

    Middle Eastern, Latino, Indian, light-skinned blacks (minimally sensitive)

    You rarely sunburn, and you tan deeply.

    Type VI

    Dark-skinned blacks (not sensitive)

    You almost never sunburn.

    Credits

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine

    Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

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