About three years ago, my girlfriend developed a strange skin condition. She is Indian (from India) and has brown skin, but began to get sunburns, despite living in the non-tropical area of connecticut. I am quite white, but now she will burn in the sun much more quickly than I do. The burns then turn to rashes (red with itchy bumps like mosquito bites) and in some cases have left her skin slightly discolored. She burns (or whatever it is) even with sunscreen. It is very odd, because it has gotten to the point where (we’re on vacation now) we have to limit our exposure to the sun.
Dermitologists have been unable to help. Steroids have helped treat the skin, but are only a temporary solution.
The only correlation we have been able to think of is that around 3 years ago she started taking birth control.