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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 regardless of their skin type, because their skin is very sensitive to sunburn.

    Skin types and sunburn
    Type I

    Red hair, freckles (extremely sensitive)

    Sunburn easily, not likely to tan

    Type II

    Fair skin, blue eyes (very sensitive)

    Usually sunburn easily, tan a little

    Type III

    Most whites (sensitive)

    Sunburn sometimes, tan slowly

    Type IV

    Mediterranean, Hispanic, Asian (moderately sensitive)

    Sunburn a little, usually tan well

    Type V

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

    Rarely sunburn, tan deeply

    Type VI

    Dark-skinned blacks (not sensitive)

    Almost never sunburn


    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 ofAugust 28, 2013

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