I Sunburn Really Easily

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 235 People

    I have to use really heavy SPF (at least 70)

    and reapply at least once an hour or I'll fry like burger. Last summer, my friends and I went to a watering hole in the woods for on a hot day and I forgot to reapply lotion. By lunch I was peeling like a banana. Being pale is fun...until everybody you know wants to match their...
    ArtieParty39 ArtieParty39
    18-21, M
    Jul 16, 2015

    Such is my fate. Scottish ancestry bred truer

    for me than for my brothers. I was always the one who would burn every time we went to the beach. Of course I grew up in the era when sunscreen was one-type-fits-all. I have fared far better since the advent of SPF, the higher the better! I often say I have only two colors...
    WellFrog WellFrog
    46-50, M
    Nov 29, 2015

    Weird Sunburn

    So i just went to the beach with a friend and i got sunburned really badly...and it odd shapes and patterns. So this whole weekend i was wearing a rash guard so my stomach was completely covered but i still got badly burnt...on only half of my stomach......then i got burnt on my...
    awesomesauce5 awesomesauce5
    41-45, F
    May 28, 2012

    As a Child..

    As a child i was always burnt badly every year- my parents didn't take any precautions, i would end uo with bad blisters and it used to really freak me out, but the worst time was when i was fifteeen, and i fell asleep in what was shade,but turned into blazing sunshine as the day...
    roc roc
    26-30, F
    1 Response Nov 26, 2007

    I am so pale. I lay out in the sun

    for like 3 hours and I just get red then go back to being pale. I don't get it, the ret of my family is so tan and then I'm all like ghosty ghost. I cant wear sunscreen either because I burn 10x worst with it. I am just destined to be forever pale........
    TealMarie TealMarie
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jan 29, 2014

    probably not the best idea to be sitting

    outside attempting to tan...
    sweetserendipity00 sweetserendipity00
    18-21, F
    Apr 18, 2015

    Sunburn...

    I get sunburn very easily. My skin is rather light, and I need sunscreen with a very high SPF (either 90 or 100, I can't remember.) I remember last summer that I was actually attempting to tan my skin, and of course that didn't work out. I ended up with a painful sunburn for a...
    animallover110293 animallover110293
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jun 18, 2013

    Ouch

    I sunburn really easily. My neck, back and knees especially. My arms usually tan, and the rest of me, likes to turn red as a beet and peel. My face is always red pretty much with being outside alone in the summer time. If I don't use suntan lotion, I will be in enough pain to...
    Sweetheartxoxo Sweetheartxoxo
    26-30, F
    May 27, 2008

    You Get What You Get

    Yeah, I sunburn in SCOTLAND. But hey, I'm a redhead with freckles, it's what you get really. But, I went to Spain a few months ago, and was the only one not to burn!!! A first!!!
    Luangi Luangi
    18-21, F
    Oct 14, 2007

    Crispy Critter

    When I was a child there was an outing with a local group. We went to a water park, and we packed the highest SPF we could, and we applied it all over my exposed skin. Upon arriving home, I had send or third degree burns (I lost multiple layers of skin), I was...
    silvermoon silvermoon
    31-35
    Oct 26, 2007

    In Five Minutes...you Can Call Me a Lobster.

    Ever since I was little I have always gotten a sunburn. And it never turns into a tan. It doesnt take long for it to happen. I can be outside for 5 minutes. And the moment i go inside and look into the mirror. I look like a lobster! I've tried tanning beds. But they just make me...
    missashshalee missashshalee
    18-21, F
    May 4, 2008

    That's Me.

    i'm very fair skinned with blue/green eyes and light blond hair. no matter what spf i put on, no matter how frequently it is applied, i will still burn. guaranteed. the question is only how bad will it be. a really irritating area is my scalp. i try to put sunscreen on the...
    journeyfulloflaughter journeyfulloflaughter
    26-30, F
    Nov 21, 2007
    caligirl47 caligirl47
    26-30, F
    10 Responses Jul 9, 2015

    Apparently :/

    The lady who did my makeover, she told me my skin wasn't actually oily, but it was overproducing oil because of the harsh soaps I was using. It was much too drying on my face, so I switched to facial soaps labeled as "gentle cleansers".... It's been about a week since switching...
    Infinite9 Infinite9
    70+, F
    Feb 21, 2012

    Go Figure...

    So, it should be no surprise that I, as a natural redhead, burn with almost no provocation. Sometimes it seems like my skin pinks up if I think about going outside. Unfortunately, it took a couple of rather painful incidents for me to finally accept this and stop trying to...
    StellaDiBellezza StellaDiBellezza
    26-30, F
    6 Responses Jun 16, 2011

    Like a Lobster

    I don't tan - I just turn red like a lobster.  Will use sunblock when I'm going to be out in the sun for long periods, but always seem to miss a spot.
    jasonk jasonk
    31-35, M
    May 24, 2008

    Red As The Devil

    I'll never forget when I was fourteen or fifteen. I convinced my mom and step-dad to let me and my lunk-headed head-banger friend go camping on our own at Alberta Beach for 3 nights.  The first thing I did after we got camp set up was go down to the beach to get a tan.  I was...
    UnderEli UnderEli
    46-50, M
    Jul 18, 2012

    Spring Break In Florida 2010.

    My family and I went to Madera Beach for vacation in April of 2010. The first day we all had went the beach, we were only there for about an hour. I was the only person to put on sun screen, as I am the only fair skinned person in my family.. :( It sucks. After the beach, we went...
    mizzgreeneyedladyy mizzgreeneyedladyy
    18-21, F
    Jan 3, 2012

    So I was outside swimming today,

    and I literally put on sunscreen every 15 minutes. But I still managed to get the worst sunburn I've ever had! D: anyone know any good remedies for sunburns? :/
    TheSongPlaysWithin TheSongPlaysWithin
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 7, 2014

    Yeah, it's part of the price of having Celtic

    heritage: very fair skin. Peeling sunburns are a fact of life for me.
    JackMann JackMann
    22-25, M
    Sep 27, 2015

    I sure do... And I got sunburnt on half of my

    face from yesterday... Got up this morning it is so bad, I start a new job today and everything it's so embarrassing but thank god for makeup it's all covered up... Will have to do touch ups through out the day but makeup is my savour never had sunburn on my face before I'm...
    Gaffa1234 Gaffa1234
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jan 26, 2015

    Worst Sunburn

    So last summer I went to Costa Rica and we spent a whole day on the beach. Well knowing that I have fair skin I put spf 100 on and I reapplied every hour. When I got back to the hotel I realized that I looked like a lobster and my entire back and shoulders hurt so bad. I did not...
    csrb824 csrb824
    18-21, F
    Jun 2, 2012

    I've burnt my ears sitting under our parasol

    the sun is so strong! What can I do :( 😁😁😁😁😁
    JemmimaS JemmimaS
    41-45, F
    1 Response Jul 26, 2014

    SPF 60+

    Even when I have SPF 60+ I still sunburn. It makes me really sad that I can't be out in the sun
    Trixies Trixies
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 24, 2007

    My skin is like suuuuper sensitive,

    like I'm in the sun for 5 minites and next thing you know my nose is peeling.
    leonelarocks leonelarocks
    13-15, F
    2 Responses Aug 4, 2014

    SPF 60+

    Even when I have SPF 60+ I still sunburn. It makes me really sad that I can't be out in the sun
    Trixies Trixies
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jul 24, 2007

    I Got My Face Sunburned Today

    I was outside for a total of less than 2 hours. 1:30+ of in a bus. It was overcast and cold. it snowed the other day but most of the snow is gone, it was like a november day today but a warm one. and I get home and look in the mirror and my face is burned
    AngelaDark AngelaDark
    31-35, F
    Apr 6, 2008

    Fair Complected

    As the only redhead in our family it sucks every one of my brothers and sisters are dark except me.
    redheadsrule redheadsrule
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Jul 29, 2007

    The Joys of Heins 57

    I'm partially white and partially of ethnic decent (colored folk) and I get the best of both worlds. I can get super dark and still burn like a lobster. I've had the pleasure of several sun burns in my life and I recommend to everyone to avoid them as much as possible because the...
    Neur0ticism Neur0ticism
    18-21, F
    May 24, 2008

    Hi

    I found the only thing that works is 100 spf lotion. the sprays just don't work.
    Jackk45 Jackk45
    46-50, M
    1 Response May 31, 2013

    Ouch

    My skin can't take the sun these days, it was never that great at it before, it's only gotten worse. Every year it's hotter and brighter out. Uuuuuhhh. I get so tied of slapping on sunscreen. Spring and Fall are sooooo much better than summer mostly because I can walk in the...
    AngelaDark AngelaDark
    31-35, F
    Nov 28, 2007

    A Nice Crisp Feeling.....

    Tan?!?!?!?  Don't think I've had a real tan in my whole life!  Burn - you bet, more times that I can count.  What can I say???  I have fair skin so I burn easy.
    Oopskitty Oopskitty
    51-55, F
    Feb 4, 2008

    I've even had my feet

    and ears burn.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Apr 28, 2015

    Im Very Fairskinned

    i burn easy, i go really red then it peels then i tan thankfully most summers i have really great tan.shame we dont get much of a summer here
    Donalh Donalh
    22-25, M
    Sep 20, 2008
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