Table 2

Skin type categories from Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Academy of Dermatology.

Skin types

Sun history

Example


I

Always burns easily, never tans, extremely sensitive skin

Red-headed, freckled, Celtic, Irish-Scots


II

Always burns easily, tans minimally, very sensitive skin

Fair-skinned, fair-haired, blue-eyed Caucasians


III

Sometimes burns, tans gradually to light brown, sun-sensitive skin

Average-skinned Caucasians, light-skinned Asians


IV

Burns minimally, always tans to moderate brown, minimally sun-sensitive

Mediterranean-type Caucasians


V

Rarely burns, tans well, sun-insensitive skin

Middle Easterners, some Hispanics, some African-Americans


VI

Never burns, deeply pigmented, sun-insensitive skin

African-Americans


Zhang and Naughton Nutrition Journal 2010 9:65   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-9-65

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