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Your skin type affects how easily you sunburn. Sun protection measures should be used to prevent sunburn.
White or freckled skin
You sunburn very easily and are not likely to tan.
You usually sunburn easily and tan a little.
White to olive
You sunburn sometimes and tan slowly.
You sunburn a little and usually tan well.
You rarely sunburn, and you tan well.
Dark brown to black
You almost never sunburn, and you tan deeply.
Current as of:
July 1, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineAdam Husney MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: July 1, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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