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What increases my risk for a sunburn?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Certain people may be more susceptible to sunburns than others. The following characteristics influence the likelihood that you will develop a sunburn:
  • Skin color: lighter skin may have trouble protecting itself
  • Age: babies and kids are at greater risk than adults
  • Time: being outside during peak sun hours increases your risk
  • Location: living in a sunny climate or in a higher elevated area may make you more susceptible to sunburns
  • Medication: taking medicines with photosensitivity as a side effect can increase your risk for a sunburn.

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