Der südeuropäische Hauttyp

The southern European skin type

It's all a question of type! While some people can stay in the sun for a longer period of time without any problems, others tend to get redness or sunburn after just a short time. The American dermatologist Fitzpatrick has developed a characterization of skin types, according to which people can be classified according to their appearance, their tanning behavior and their sensitivity to the sun. In this article we will focus on the so-called southern European skin type. Around 8 percent of Germans belong to the southern European type. The name of this skin type is no coincidence: representatives of the southern European type tend to have more brownish or olive-colored skin even when they are not tanned. The eyes are usually brown and the hair is black or brown. Freckles do not occur with this skin type. The personal protection time, i.e. the time in which the skin is able to protect itself without additional external sun protection, is less than 45 minutes. In general, representatives of this type turn brown very quickly. Even though this skin type is less prone to sunburn than other skin types and has a low risk of skin cancer, you should also pay attention to sun protection with a sun protection factor of at least 15.

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