Okay, I should probably start thinking about sunscreen.
September 4, 2008 8:19 AM Subscribe
What kind of "sunburn" is this? Does it happen to you?
posted by dame to Health & Fitness (6 answers total)
I'm half black and half Italian, so I have medium brown skin, somewhere near the color of a paper bag. I grew up in California, outside or at the beach nearly all the time, no sunscreen, never been burned. (Yes, I know I should wear sunscreen anyway. I should do lots of things.)
Anyway, the last few times I've gotten lots of sun, I've gotten a burn that is not a burn and I am a little curious. Symptoms: no pain; little to no redness (though I get bruises that don't show all the time so it doesn't mean much); skin becomes rough and dry, then peels in little circles (no big sheets like my pale friends get, just little dots). Sometimes it itches when it peels, but not much. Any insight?