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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.
|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.
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
Current as of: November 14, 2014