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How Easily Do You Burn?

When It Comes to Sun, What's Your Skin Type?

Spring means spending more time outdoors, and how easily you burn depends on your skin type. Check out the chart below from Mayo Clinic to see where your skin falls.

The sun's UVA and UVB rays can penetrate and damage all skin types, increasing a person's risk for skin cancer. Even people with types 5 or 6 are at risk, and often develop skin cancer on the palms, fingers, or other lightly pigmented areas of their bodies. So tell me . . .

Skin Type Skin color Reaction to sun exposure
Type 1 Pale white skin Always burns, never tans
Type 2 White skin Burns easily, tans minimally
Type 3 White skin Burns minimally, tans slowly
Type 4 Light brown or olive skin Burns minimally, tans easily
Type 5 Brown skin Rarely burns, tans easily and darkly
Type 6 Dark brown or black skin Rarely burns, always tans


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Lilybeth84 Lilybeth84 8 years
Type 1- I have never tanned, and after 2 or 3 bad sunburns as a kid, I always wear sunscreen. In the summer, my freckles darken up a bit though.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
Type 5. I have never burned and I now use sunscreen because of cancer fears. I don't tan too darkly though, I love my warm brown color
divinedebris divinedebris 8 years
I'm a number 1 but I can stand a little time in the sun without sun screen, even though I won't because that's insanity.
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
Between 4 and 5, I've only been slightly burnt once or twice and I tan really easily :)
Allytta Allytta 8 years
2 :) love spf. and hate that most moisturizers with built in spf ago pretty much up to 15. really? that's like almost no protection.
sourcherry sourcherry 8 years
Type 2 or 3, I don't know. I am pretty pale, but I don't think I've ever got a sunburn. And I tan slowly, so maybe I am a type 3. But you wouldn't have guessed by looking at me =P
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 8 years
I am a TYPE 2...
julea julea 8 years
I put 3, but i think im between 3 and 4....except im SUPER PALE in winter, and tan pretty well in summer. I'm never super dark, but i get a a nice glow. (and some nice blonde streaks :) ) i don't try to tan though, im scared of teh cancerz. :p
neonbee neonbee 8 years
Between 3 and 4. I'm actually lookin' pretty golden now! :)
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I'm type 1 for sure. I burn in about 10 minutes in strong sunlight in the summer and after it peels, I go right back to being white again. I try to avoid sunburns at all costs, so I'm all about the SPF 50+. Skin cancer runs in my family, so I have to be really careful. My sister somehow lucked out and has type 4 skin. She never burns and it is so not fair.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Ha the choices are to stereotypically limited - I'm a type 5 however I burn instantly when in the sun - I have never tried to tan because it seems redundant and well stupid. To avoid burning on a daily basis and to not trigger my photoallergic dermatitis I wear SPF 60 sun block 365 days a year.
sleekeasy sleekeasy 8 years
i am a type 4 thoroughly, i get pink sometimes after being in the sun for a while, but usually tan pretty easily.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I think somewhere in between 2 and 3.
starofsorrow starofsorrow 8 years
I'm between a type 2 and 3. But then again, I DO live in Texas. If I lived in the Northern states, I'd probably be closer to Type 1 or 2 than 2 or 3.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I've never had a tan in my life that didn't come from a can or a salon. I go straight from pale white to bright red and then back. There is no in between.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
i do burn pretty easily. 10 mins in the sun and I combust into flames, though my skin isn't that white. i wear as much sunblock as i can when outdoors and get a minimal tan. when i did water polo and swam, i had really tanned skin, and white skin in the shape of a competetive swim suit. not fun.
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
between 2 and 3 here. I tan, not a lot, but i also use a lot of sunscreen, so I don't tan as much as i used to. I'm frighteningly white in the winter though...
Poppie Poppie 8 years
im like between type two and three coz i burn pretty easily, but i also tan pretty well.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
I'd say between a 3 and 4.
tyffi tyffi 8 years
I never had a sunburn in my entire life - and I never had a tan (a natural one, at least) either. My skin is whiter than a white wall... I keep on using children sunscreen and stay out of the sun since I really love my cellar tan. :D
kia kia 8 years
I put type 4, but I am in between a type 4 and a type 5. I love my spf 50 as well. I never believed in going over 30, but have worked in some extreme outdoor conditions where even a large hat didn't help as the sun reflected off the ground and got my face. Titanium dioxide is my friend in those situations.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm type 3 i think - i have pale white skin but i do tan pretty decently.
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