Published over 2 years ago, by Roeland Pater

There are a lot of different skin types, and they all react differently to the exposure of sunlight (UV). This means that also the risk for skin diseases like melanoma is different with each type. We've put together a quick overview of the most common skin types, and how to take care of them to lower the risk of melanoma and other diseases.

Pale skin

Sunburns: always
Tanning: never

Try to use a sunscreen with a SPF of 30+ (and clothing with a UPF rating of 30 or higher, if you really want to take precaution). Seek the shade whenever you are out in the sun. Try to check your skin head-to-toe each month


Sunburns: always
Tanning: rarely

You are also at high risk for melanoma. Try to follow the same precautions as someone with a pale skin. And also, do check-up’s. Do it yourself or at a doctor.


Sunburns: sometimes
Tanning: sometimes

Be sure to apply a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 every day, and seek the shade between 10 AM and 4 PM, when the sun is strongest. Check your skin (bi-)monthly, paying careful attention to any suspicious growths.

Medium/Olive skin

Sunburns: never
Tanning: easily

You are less likely to burn, but that doesn’t mean there is no risk. UV light causes risks, even on darker skin. Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15+ outside and avoid constant direct sunlight between 10 AM and 4 PM.

Dark skin

Sunburns: never
Tanning: never

You'll not get a burn, but dark-skinned people are still at risk for melanoma skin cancer. Take care of your skin and use sunscreen with a SPF of 15+ and avoid constant direct sunlight between 10 AM and 4 PM.

If you take good care of your skin, you will lower the risk of melanoma. Make sure to check your skin regularly for risky spots, and see a doctor if you don't trust a certain spot or mole.