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An individual’s skin phototype also influences the the amount of vitamin D produced relative to length of sun exposure time. Skin phototype is determined by melanin content (how light or dark one’s skin is).
|Skin Type||Skin Color||Characteristics|
|I||White; very fair; red or blond hair; blue eyes; freckles||Always burns, never tans|
|II||White; fair; red or blond hair; blue, hazel, or green eyes||Usually burns, tans with difficulty|
|III||Cream white; fair with any eye or hair color; very common||Sometimes mild burn, gradually tans|
|IV||Brown; typical Mediterranean caucasian skin||Rarely burns, tans with ease|
|V||Dark Brown; mid-eastern skin types||Very rarely burns, tans very easily|
|VI||Black||Never burns, tans very easily|