Created in 1972 by Thomas Fitzpatrick, this skin scale is still widely used in dermatology. The scale ranges from I to VI and helps determine the individual’s likelihood of tanning or burning, thus an individual’s susceptibility to skin cancer. Generally, a lower Fitzpatrick skin type indicates skin that burns more easily than it tans, while a higher Fitzpatrick skin type indicates the opposite.
Knowing your skin type determines which treatments and products are effective for you. For example, when having laser or light based procedures performed, those with skin types IV and above would not benefit as much and possibly even with pigmentation side effects. There is criticism that the Fitzpatrick scale is not broad enough, however, it remains adequate in establishing baseline data.
WHAT SKIN TYPE ARE YOU?
Answer the questions below and add the points
|Eye color||light blue, grey, green||blue, grey, green||blue||dark brown||brownish black|
|Natural hair color?||sandy, red||blonde||chestnut, dark blonde||dark brown||black|
|Color of non-exposed skin?||reddish||very pale||pale with beige tint||light brown||dark brown|
|Freckles on unexposed areas?||many||several||few||incidental||none|
|When you stay in the sun too long/Have you ever experienced…||painful redness, blistering, peeling||blistering followed by peeling||burns sometimes followed by peeling||rarely burns||never burns|
|To what degree do you tan?||hardly or not at all||light colored tan||reasonable tan||tans easily||turns dark quickly|
|Do you tan after several hours after sun exposure?||Never||Seldom||Sometimes||Often||Always|
|How does your face react to the sun?||Very sensitive||Sensitive||Some resistance||Very resistant||Never had a problem|
|When did you last expose your skin to sun or a tanning booth/cream?||More than 3 months ago||2-3 months ago||1 -2 months ago||Less than 1 month ago||Less than 2 weeks ago|
|Do you expose the area to be treated to the sun?||Never||Hardly ever||Sometimes||Often||Always|
|1. Add down each column for subtotal.|
2. Add subtotal across for grand total.
|_____ +||_____ +||_____ +||_____ +||_____ =|
What your score means:
|Skin Type Score||Fitzpatrick Skin Type|