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Some parts of your body are more sensitive to sunburn than others. Previously unexposed skin will burn far more quickly than areas of your body that get regular sun exposure since unexposed areas have not built up any protective melanin. Your nose, chin, forehead and shoulders will also usually burn first, since they receive greater exposure to the sun than other parts of the body. Your lips are a special case, since they contain no melanin-producing cells and because the skin is very thin. While you should use sunscreen over all exposed skin, you might want to use a stronger sunscreen or sunblock (such as zinc oxide) on these more sensitive areas.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|