You may have heard that caucasian people with dark hair and eyes are less likely to get sunburned than blue-eyed blonds.
That ain't necessarily so, says the Department of Dermatology at Bispebjerg Hospital at the University of Copenhagen.
As reported in the May 1998 issue of Acta Dermato-Venereologica, researchers warned that skin type, which affects the likelihood that you'll burn, isn't always associated with hair and eye color.
There are four skin types found among caucasians:
Type I -- burns easily, never tans.
Type II -- can get a tan, but still burns fairly easily.
Type III -- tans easily, but still sometimes gets a burn.
Type IV -- tans easily, almost never burns.
When dermatologists examined 892 Danish caucasians, they found that even though almost 66 percent had blond hair and blue eyes, only 33 percent had type II skin. There was no way to predict skin type from hair and eye color, they say.