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. The average person has about 300 million skin cells, which adds up to about 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms) of skin.


What do skin cells called melanocytes produce?

Melanocytes make melanin. Apply sunscreen and go to the next question to get deeper into melanin's purpose.


What does melanin do to your skin?

Melanin determines the pigment of your skin, and also causes freckles and suntans.


According to the Fitzpatrick scale, how many skin tones are there?

The Fitzpatrick scale classifies six different skin colors. The lightest is type I and the darkest is type VI.


Which of the following is not considered one of the six skin tone categories?

The six skin tone categories are light, fair, medium, olive, brown and black. Dark is not a skin tone.


What color do your veins appear if you have a cool skin tone?

People with cool skin tones have veins that appear blue, while those with warm skin tones have veins that look green.


If you get freckles from sun exposure, what skin type do you likely have?

People with type I skin pigmentation have light, pale skin and may have freckles. Other skin types are less likely to get freckles.


What skin tones have the greatest risk for developing skin cancers?

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.


True or false: The more melanocytes you have in your skin, the more melanin your skin produces.

True. People with fair skin have fewer melanocytes and produce less melanin.


What condition does a person who lacks melanin in their body have?

People born with albinism have extremely pale skin, light-colored hair and light-colored eyes.


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