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I Sunburn Really Easily

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    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

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    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

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    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 41-45 May 24, 2008

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    I always get sunburned im

    so pale I dont tan just burn
    WendyDarlin WendyDarlin 18-21, F May 19

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    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

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    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

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    I'm So Pale

    I hate it, I NEVER tan, EVER - I am getting used to it and I know that theres a lot of pros from avoiding the sun but I hate that I get burnt so easily. I always burn on my nose, it's well embarressing, I look like rudolph ha ha.... this year I MUST remember to use sunscreen!!
    AWUK AWUK 26-30, F 8 Responses Jan 31, 2008

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    I've burnt my ears sitting under our parasol

    the sun is so strong! What can I do :( 😁😁😁😁😁
    JemmimaS JemmimaS 36-40, F 1 Response Jul 26

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    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

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    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 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 29

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    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

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    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 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 18, 2013

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    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 50, F Feb 4, 2008

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    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

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    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 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 7

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 41-45, M Jul 18, 2012

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    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

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    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

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    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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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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