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The six major skin types

Determine your skin type and your risk of getting solar keratoses

Your risk of getting solar keratoses depends a great deal on the type of skin you have. Determining your skin type will help you make wise choices that can reduce your risk of getting solar keratoses or developing skin cancer.

The colour of your skin is determined by melanin, a pigment produced in the outer layer of your skin that protects you from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Dark-skinned people produce more melanin particles than fair-skinned people. Not surprisingly, dark skin is very common in people who originate from hot, sun-exposed regions where a lot of melanin is required to protect the body from the sun’s UV rays 

Fair skin, on the other hand, is typically found in people who originate from areas with a colder climate where the sun’s UV rays are much weaker. 

While skin varies considerably from person to person, there are six major skin types classified according to the amount of melanin in the skin:

Take our Solar Keratoses Risk Test to determine your risk is of having or getting solar keratoses.