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I Am Pale In a World That Tans

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    I am of pure Northern European descent.

    My skin is naturally quite pale, like a few levels above albino. I rarely am even able to tan while in the sun, just burn. I don't even like the heat, and am prone to heat sickness if exposed to above 85 degree heat for too long with no relief. Anyway..I used to be jealous...
    Smoray100 Smoray100 22-25, F 4 Responses Jun 17, 2014

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    It's my choice. I can tan,

    quite easily actually. It's just, I don't want to. I know it's a childish thing to say, but I don't. I like being pale. Being compared to the other air headed tanning addicts wasn't fun. So I put on tons of sun screen and go to gyms instead of going outside. I'm never going to...
    lostfollower lostfollower 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 21, 2014

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    I was pale but now I'm beyonce's color

    because the sun has baked me this summer. I wonder will it stick
    LikeAPrayer LikeAPrayer 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 5, 2014

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    I went to the lake and saw how pale I was.

    I'm a lighter color then the sand XD plus I got sunburn lmao
    RavenRena17 RavenRena17 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 30

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    I hate being pale. I feel like my paleness

    makes my thighs seem wider. I can't wear shorts or skirts without burning or getting weird looks. What kind of lotion should I use to tan, but not burn?
    tinywoman tinywoman 18-21, F Apr 1, 2014

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    Tan But White In A Day

    During the summer I get sun tans like no one else. I am always outside and living it up. Everything goes great but the first week of fail... I become as white as a ghost. I have even had doctors question if I am albino (they didn't see my dark brown eyes). Everything on my body...
    Beatenrodent Beatenrodent 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 26, 2013

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    I get people asking me

    if I'm feeling ok because of how white I look. "Yeah, fine thanks" and it's this raised eyebrows expression. Eurgh! It's my natural skin shade ok, get over it. I rarely ever tan, even if I go somewhere really hot. My doctor even requested for my blood count once commenting it...
    AngelofPink AngelofPink 22-25, F 7 Responses Apr 1, 2014

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    Embrace Your Paleness

    I find it ironic in the extreme that we live in a world where both 'minorities' (i.e. African American, Indigenous people) and the very pale are discriminated against [not that I think anyone should be!]. I have always had very, very pale skin. Have always needed to apply...
    Pixie87 Pixie87 22-25, F 4 Responses Jun 19, 2009

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    I'M So Pale I Look Ill

    My skin tone seem to lack any pink undertones at all. Instead I'm borderline yellow. Forget finding make-up in my shade everything looks like fake tanner and doesn't blend at all. Also forget tanning in the sun I burn quickly and painfully then peel like crazy. I'm German are...
    rainbowdasher rainbowdasher 22-25, F 6 Responses Mar 7, 2013

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    Love It

    I love how pale my skin is. I have tanned in the past (both natural and self-tan), but it never looked right on me. My mother and grandmother both have terrible sun spots (actinic keratosis) from baking out in the sun. I will never understand why putting yourself at risk for...
    ThistleWeed ThistleWeed 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 21, 2009

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    The Curse of the White Skin.

    I'm so pale and my skin burns so easily I have to wear long clothes even during a heatwave. I can't use a sunscreen either, because it causes a very bad rash and it burns too. My skin is over-sensitive. After a few very bad experiences with burnt skin I've come to avoid...
    HoofFoot HoofFoot 18-21, F 5 Responses Aug 17, 2007

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    I have two colors: white

    as a ghost and red as a lobster, nothing in between.
    anonymousfraud anonymousfraud 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 16, 2014

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    SaoirseB SaoirseB 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 2

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    Milky White.

    I am very pale, i never really liked that much but i hate fake women who have fake hair and fake eyelashes and fake tan and fake everything else. I have darkish reddish brown hair and dark eyebrows and it shows of my pale skin. I have been told i need to get in the sun or that i...
    deleted deleted 26-30 15 Responses Nov 16, 2011

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    The worst part is when you're pale

    as a ghost and everybody wants to match their summer tan against your whiteness. My girlfriend does this to me but she's tan year-round. What I hate is when people who are snow white in the winter, like me, get brown as a walnut and I'm the only one who's still pale.
    ArtieParty39 ArtieParty39 16-17, M Jul 16

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    I love my pale skin,

    and also i dont have more options since i cant have a decent tan like ever :(
    FunnyEnglish FunnyEnglish 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 21, 2014

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    I don't care to be tan.

    I've always liked my skin pale. I do enjoy getting out in the sun to help with my depression though. So if I tan a little it feels good. I just fair skin is something that no one should be ashamed of if that is how you naturally are. Forget tanning beds and spray tans. That...
    ashless ashless 22-25, F 4 Responses Aug 6, 2014

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    I Hate Sunbathing

    I am pale not because I can't be tanned- my mum is very pale, being natural blonde, and she always tells me to sunbathe more. But, seriously, I hate that. Not to mention medical risks (skin cancer people !!!), more wrinkles ( suntan is just a damage of cells, and then because of...
    nicerain nicerain 18-21, F 5 Responses Dec 31, 2007

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    Thattttssss Me!

    Ever hear the saying "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?"? well this wasnt just said to claim the queen or snow white as a good sport. Fairest ment beautiful. They called it fair becuase fair pale skin is beautiful. I love my pale skin. i don't want to...
    enemyinthemirror enemyinthemirror 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 11, 2011

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    I'm fed up with girls telling me I need to tan.

    I'm Irish American and I was born to have fair skin. Screw society, I don't want to get skin cancer if I can help it! My fair skin is beautiful to me and that's all that matters!
    SeanaO SeanaO 22-25, F 11 Responses Feb 21

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    I don't tan. Tanning beds seem pointless

    and dangerous to me. If I get tan, then that's great, but I don't live to tan. I used to get really tan when I was younger, but as I've gotten older, I've gotten less tan. I rarely get tan now. I just burn. So my options are be bright red and in excruciating pain or be pale. I...
    wishingforrecovery wishingforrecovery 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 30

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    I have fair skin and I never tan!

    !! The only colors I ever turn is from white to red and back to white again!!! I'm literally so white I glow in the dark lol!!! It's ok but most of the time I wish I had a little more pigment to my skin!!!
    highhopes4baby highhopes4baby 26-30, F Apr 21, 2014

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    AnorexicHiddlestoner AnorexicHiddlestoner 18-21, F 1 Response May 21, 2014

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    Pale and Proud!

    I am just naturally pale. I live in Scotland and we didn't have a summer this year(well okay, we had a week of sunshine but that was it). You see all these girls walking around with fake, orange tan, trying to look like they've just got back from Italy or Hollywood, but it looks...
    AnimeAnima AnimeAnima 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 7, 2008

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    LipsOfAnAngel89 LipsOfAnAngel89 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 1

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    Milk Bottle Legs...

    I have always been the pallor of death... with very faint freckles... growing up was a nightmare... all the children playing in the hot Summer sun and there I sat, in the shade  of a tree too afraid to venture forth for fear of yet another sunburn. You must remember that...
    palevixen palevixen 41-45, F 4 Responses Oct 3, 2010

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    Snow White,,,

    ... was beautiful! And I bet she never had melanoma! Personally, I don't understand the appeal of the Oompa Loompa look. I mean, look at Dita over there! She's an icon and she's practically transparent! Gorgeous! Pasty faces represent!
    OFFthecuff OFFthecuff 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 12, 2007

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    I'm so pale that where i live people would

    think i'm " bleaching" i dont know if to say..."thanks" cus its just how i look OR feel insulted...But i really hate the sun so id have no choice but to answer people stupid questions about it..sigh
    apperentlyicanthavemynameagain apperentlyicanthavemynameagain 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 1

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    Porcelain

    My skin is light. Lighter than anyone I've met. People tease me. They tell me I need to be darker. They tell me i should change who I am. But I don't care what they say or think. For if you dismiss a person for what they are on the outside, you aren't thinking at all. So...
    BlackTattooedEverything BlackTattooedEverything 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 24, 2013

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    I Would Hate It

    I would hate it if I were tan.  I've never thought tans looked good on anyone.  Plus, tans just cause sun cancer.  I like being really pale.  Pale people are more beautiful than tanned people in my opinion.  I remember wearing shorts one day back when I...
    NostalgicLies NostalgicLies 22-25, F 8 Responses May 4, 2008

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    Tans Are Nasty.

    I will never ever EVER get tan. First off, I personally think non natural tans look gross. Especially when people go to tanning salons to get them done. Why would anyone in the world find orange skin attractive? It's friggen disgusting looking and in the long run your skin is...
    KawaiiDoll KawaiiDoll 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 2, 2011

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    As a man, I fine pale women very sexy

    and natural! They are quite a turn on for many of us!
    Sunny1955 Sunny1955 56-60, M 4 Responses Jun 30

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    If I only had a dollar

    for everyone who tells me "wow you're so white!" as if I'm not aware.
    alexxaaa alexxaaa 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 4, 2014

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    I actually like being pale.

    It holds less risks and it looks better with my features. I actually wear lots of make-up so that my face doesn't tan, and I always wear long sleeved shirts and jeans.
    LostInPhosphenes LostInPhosphenes 13-15, F Jul 8

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    I'll burn and tan by accident

    but you'll never see me in a tanning booth. Skin cancer at 21? Biatch, please.
    Ginkofishin Ginkofishin 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 30

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    I'm the palest one in my family besides my

    grandma. Everyone has golden tans and when I get back from the beach or from hiking I always ask "did I get tan?" And they always reply "you tried" haha
    nemophilist8 nemophilist8 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 23, 2014

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    Too bad the girls that tan are going to look

    even more aged and wrinkly down the road than ones who don't tan!
    kaylinrae kaylinrae 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 17, 2013

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    PALEFACE ...=-D

    I guess I joined this group after my friend was teasing me and told me "For the love of god , get under a tanning lamp and tan!!" I had not realized till then , how , here where I live so many people are running after the elusive perfect tan .. some get it right though in a...
    softkitti softkitti 22-25, F 49 Responses Nov 6, 2010

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    I live in Spain. Basically everyone there has

    dark hair and fairly dark skin. Thanks to my half american-half german mom and my spanish dad (his hair was almost white when he was young, like the rest of his family) i am a blonde. And some blondes get tan, some just don't. I'm one that doesn't. My sisters are both blond...
    Lalaloopsiebabe Lalaloopsiebabe 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 1

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    Whatsmystory Whatsmystory 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 1

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    Rebecca321 Rebecca321 22-25, F Jan 16, 2014

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    The Curse Of Red Hair

    I will never tan because I can't. All I do is burn and then turn pale again.
    DemonKitty DemonKitty 26-30, F 4 Responses Sep 5, 2011

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    I DO NOT tan.LOL I'm very white.

    I burn (had many sunburns as a kid & some as an adult as well), I peel & then I'm white again! I used to want to be one of those people who tanned really easily, but it wasn't meant to be. It's not as important to me now.
    RubyLane RubyLane 41-45, F 1 Response Jan 28, 2014

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    It's not even possible

    for me to tan. When exposed to the sun, I go red and then after a while revert back to pasty white, although maybe not quite as pasty as before. Maybe more of an off-white.
    purplemusicprincess purplemusicprincess 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 27, 2014

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    I do go out to lay in the sun

    once in a while to take care of my Vitamin D intake. And what do I get for that? A sunburnt booty. Ouch!
    Sorfarina Sorfarina 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 30

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