In fact, I have always had a question, will people with dark skin be sunburned? Seems like a touchy topic because I’ve heard from other skiers that people with darker skin tones don’t get sunburned less easily, but I think that exposure to the skin for long periods of time can lead to sunburn, regardless of skin tone. For this question, I hope to get a professional answer.
Reply from Brenda J.
Sunburn is the damage caused by ultraviolet rays to the skin. People with darker skin can get sunburn too, but they are more protected than people with lighter skin.
While it is true that darker skin provides more protection against UV rays than lighter skin, no one is immune to the effects and damage caused by the sun. So we are all the same and can all get sunburned.
For dark-skinned people, without using sunscreen, their skin is as if they have used SPF13, which will provide nearly twice as much protection as light-skinned people. For example: SPF15 means that it can extend the “safe time” of being in the sun by fifteen times. That is to say, if a person’s skin turns red after 10 minutes in the sun, this time will be extended to 150 minutes after applying SPF15 sunscreen.
Although it is difficult for people with dark skin to see the contrast of being tanned, they do become darker. Sunburn is inevitable after being exposed to ultraviolet rays for a long time. Nature is fair and does not treat everyone differently. , so dark skin also needs sun protection.