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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
Red hair, freckles (extremely sensitive)
Sunburn easily, not likely to tan
Fair skin, blue eyes (very sensitive)
Usually sunburn easily, tan a little
Most whites (sensitive)
Sunburn sometimes, tan slowly
Mediterranean, Hispanic, Asian (moderately
Sunburn a little, usually tan well
Middle Eastern, Latino, Indian, light-skinned blacks
Rarely sunburn, tan deeply
Dark-skinned blacks (not sensitive)
Almost never sunburn
Current as of:
August 28, 2013
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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