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Name: Anna P.
Status: Student
Age: 18
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Date: May 2002


Question:
Why are redheads more susceptible to sunburn, as opposed to a blonde (perhaps, unless they have the same susceptibility as a redhead) or a brunette?



Replies:
It really depends on the combination of genetics a person inherits, but most redheads are fair because they have less melanin in their cells. Melanin is the chemical which causes skin color. The more melanin, the darker your skin, the less the lighter your skin (in general). Melanin protects the skin from UV rays. People whose ancestors come from areas near the equator tend to have darker skin. Also, when you go out in the sun, the melanin in your skin causes a series of chemical reactions to occur that darkens your skin (tanning). People with red hair tend to burn more quickly because they have less melanin to begin with.

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