Do the Pheomelanin in white people’s skin get relief during a solar eclipse?  I’m sorry to break your bubble, my friend, but the sun does not emit any extra ultraviolet radiation during a solar eclipse. It emits exactly the same amount ultraviolet radiation as it does on normal days. On a normal, sunny day, your pupils are constricted to allow minimum light to enter into your eyes, so your retinas aren’t overwhelmed by brightness and damaged. You can look directly at the sun for a few minutes without damaging your retinas with constricted pupils. I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced a solar eclipse or if you’ve been outside when it’s happened, but it gets quite dark. Not pitch black or as dark as night time, but dark like it’s extremely cloudy outside. Because of the limited amount of overall light being emitted from the sun, your pupils dilate to absorb as much light as possible. When a total eclipse occurs and the entire moon covers up the Sun, it’s actually quite safe to look at the eclipse. But the danger comes in as soon as the total eclipse is finished and the moon moves away, uncovering a portion of the Sun. (Source)