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How does knowing my skin type affect my skin health?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Skin type is determined by taking a number of factors into consideration. Some important factors include whether your skin is dry or oily, and how easily you tan or burn. The skin types are classified from 1 through 6 (sometimes represented by Roman numerals I, II, III, IV, V and VI) as follows: Type 1 burns very easily and never tans. Type 2 burns easily and rarely tans. Type 3 burns after some sun exposure and tans minimally and slowly. Type 4 rarely burns and gets a significant tan after sun exposure. Type 5 rarely burns and gets a dark tan. Type 6 does not burn and has dark coloration regardless of sun exposure. It's important to know your skin type because it may advise you about sun exposure. For example, people with type 6 skin can tolerate more sun exposure than people with type 1. While everyone should be careful about sun exposure, people with skin types 1 and 2 should take extra precautions.

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