Not everyone needs to practice the same level of skin protection. Certain skin types are at greater risk for developing sun damage and even skin cancer. There are six different types of skin identified by the Skin Cancer Foundation, and knowing which category you fall into can greatly improve your skin protection routine and chances of remaining cancer free. Considering skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, protection is more important than ever.
Type 1: If you’re out in the sun for too long you always burn and never tan, which means you are extremely vulnerable and can develop skin cancers like basal and squamous cell carcinoma. The risk of developing melanoma is extremely high. SPF 30 broad spectrum should be worn at all times, and check the skin for unusual growths once a month, and have a professional do a full body check up at least once a year. They typically have freckles, which can be an indicator for doctors to visually see the possible dangers.
Type 2: You usually burn and barely tan when out in the sun and highly susceptible to developing skin cancer, and should follow the same sunscreen protection routines, as someone with the fairest of skin.
Types 3: Those with this type of skin can tan in the sun without getting burnt and are susceptible to developing skin cancer, so it is important to perform regular checks on yourself every month to look for abnormal growths and marks. SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen should be applied and staying in the shade between 10am and 4pm is advised.