Reduce Your Risk
Know your skin type

Everyone's skin is different and reacts differently to sun exposure.
By knowing how sensitive you are to burn, you will be able to take better precautions to protect your skin.

Tool: Match your skin to the colour that best resembles your own.

Skin type Skin reaction to the sun What you need to know
TYPE I Always burns easily, never tans, extremely sun sensitive

You are at greatest risk of developing skin cancer so make sure you protect your skin. You should also check your skin regularly, be aware of any changes and see a doctor if you notice anything.

TYPE II Always burns easily, tans minimally, very sun sensitive
TYPE III Sometimes burns, tans gradually to light brown, minimally sun sensitive

Even though your skin tans, this is still a sign of UV damage which can lead to skin cancer and your skin is vulnerable. Remember that a tan is not a healthy glow. Always protect your skin from the sun whenever the UV Index is 3 and above.

TYPE IV Burns minimally, always tans to moderate brown, minimally sun sensitive

TYPE V Rarely burns, tans well, skin not sensitive to sun

TYPE VI Never burns, deeply pigmented, skin not sensitive to sun

Your skin offers more protection against UV radiation than other skin types, but skin cancers can occur in people with very dark skin. Your eyes are vulnerable to damage from UV radiation so wear a hat and sunglasses and avoid excessive exposure.

FACT: Because Australia is relatively close to the equator, we receive higher levels of UVR. Be prepared and protect your skin in five ways.

Click here to find out more about the UV Index

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Want to know more about the structure of your skin?

Interesting links:
World Health Organization: Sunbeds, tanning and UV exposure:
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