Table 1.

Classification of Sun-reactive Skin Types2*

Skin TypeHistory of Sunburning or Tanning
IAlways burns easily, never tans
IIAlways burns easily, tans minimally
IIIBurns moderately, tans gradually and uniformly
 (light brown)
IVBurns minimally, always tans well
 (moderate brown)
VRarely burns, tans profusely (dark brown)
VINever burns, deeply pigmented (black)
  • * Based on 45 to 60 minutes of sun exposure after winter or no sun exposure.