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Table 2 Skin type categories from Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Academy of Dermatology.

From: Vitamin D in health and disease: Current perspectives

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