While you can probably describe what a tan looks like, do you know what it really is? Dr. Schultz will share with you what actually happens to your skin when you get a tan.
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Dr. Neal Schultz: Hello, I'm Dr. Neal Schultz and welcome to DermTV. Some sun worshipers believe that the reason you get a tan after a sunburn is that's one of Gods way of helping to make sure that everybody has more beautiful skin. I don't think so, so what is a tan. When the skin is injured it has a couple of ways to protecting itself and when it's burned it darkens. When you get sunburn the brown color you get access a natural SPF to prevent additional ultraviolet injury as a matter of fact medium brown African-American skin has a natural SPF of 15 or 16. The bottom line is if your skin is darkened it's been damaged. If you want to protect your skin from additional sun damage don't try to use a tan, use sunscreen it really works and even with sunscreen you will get somewhat of a tan but that tan will be much less dangerous than a natural tan. Please join me again at dermtv.com. If you have a question please send it to me by visiting dermtv.com/question. I'm Dr. Neal Schultz and thank you for watching today.

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