Getting Warmer: What's your skin tone?

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Getting Warmer: What's your skin tone?
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Blue veins or green veins? Fashion magazines make it sound so easy, but what do you really know about your skin tone?
True or false: Skin is the biggest organ of the human body.
true
True. The average person has about 300 million skin cells, which adds up to about 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms) of skin.
false

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What do skin cells called melanocytes produce?
melanin
Melanocytes make melanin. Apply sunscreen and go to the next question to get deeper into melanin's purpose.
melatonin
melasma
melanoma

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What does melanin do to your skin?
it determines your skin color
it causes suntans
it causes freckles
all of the above
Melanin determines the pigment of your skin, and also causes freckles and suntans.

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According to the Fitzpatrick scale, how many skin tones are there?
four
five
six
The Fitzpatrick scale classifies six different skin colors. The lightest is type I and the darkest is type VI.
seven

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Which of the following is not considered one of the six skin tone categories?
light
dark
The six skin tone categories are light, fair, medium, olive, brown and black. Dark is not a skin tone.
olive
brown

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What color do your veins appear if you have a cool skin tone?
green
red
yellow
blue
People with cool skin tones have veins that appear blue, while those with warm skin tones have veins that look green.

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If you get freckles from sun exposure, what skin type do you likely have?
type I
People with type I skin pigmentation have light, pale skin and may have freckles. Other skin types are less likely to get freckles.
type II
type V
type VI

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What skin tones have the greatest risk for developing skin cancers?
types I, II and III
People with types I, II or III skin tones have a higher risk of developing skin cancers than people with types IV, V and VI.
types II, III and IV
types III, IV and V
types IV, V and VI

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True or false: The more melanocytes you have in your skin, the more melanin your skin produces.
true
True. People with fair skin have fewer melanocytes and produce less melanin.
false

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What condition does a person who lacks melanin in their body have?
melanoma
albinism
People born with albinism have extremely pale skin, light-colored hair and light-colored eyes.
vitiligo

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