The Fitzpatrick Skin-Type Chart
The Fitzpatrick Skin-Type Chart You can use this skin-type chart for self-assessment, by adding up the score for each of the questions you've answered. At the end there is a scale providing a range for each of the six skin-type categories. Following the scale is an explanation of each of the skin types. You can quickly and easily determine which skin type you are. Genetic Disposition Score 0 1 2 3 4 What is the colour of your eyes? Light blue, Grey, Green Blue, Grey or Green Blue Dark Brown Brownish Black What is the natural colour of your hair? Sandy Red Blond Chestnut/Dark Blond Dark Brown Black What is the colour of your skin (non exposed areas)? Reddish Very Pale Pale with Beige tint Light Brown Dark Brown Do you have freckles on unexposed areas? Many Several Few Incidental none Total score for Genetic Disposition: _____ Reaction to Sun Exposure Score 0 1 2 3 4 What happens when you stay in the sun too long? Painful redness, blistering, peeling Blistering followed by peeling Burns sometimes followed by peeling Rare burns Never had burns To What degree do you turn brown? Hardly or not at all Light colour tan Reasonable tan Tan very easy Turn dark brown quickly Do you turn brown within several hours after sun exposure? Never Seldom Sometimes Often Always How does your face react to the sun? Very sensitive Sensitive Normal Very resistant Never had a problem Total score for Reaction to Sun Exposure: _____ Tanning Habits Score 0 1 2 3 4 When did you last expose your body to sun (or artificial sunlamp/tanning cream)? More than 3 months ago 2-3 months ago 1-2 months ago Less than a month ago Less than 2 weeks ago Did you expose the area to be treated to the sun? Never Hardly ever Sometimes Often Always Total score for Tanning Habits: _____ Add up the total scores for each of the three sections for your Skin Type Score. Skin Type Score - Fitzpatrick Skin Type 0-7 I 8-16 II 17-25 III 25-30 IV over 30 V -VI TYPE 1: Highly sensitive, always burns, never tans. Example: Red hair with freckles TYPE 2: Very sun sensitive, burns easily, tans minimally. Example: Fair skinned, fair haired Caucasians TYPE 3: Sun sensitive skin, sometimes burns, slowly tans to light brown. Example: Darker Caucasians. TYPE 4: Minimally sun sensitive, burns minimally, always tans to moderate brown. Example: Mediterranian type Caucasians, some Hispanics. TYPE 5: Sun insensitive skin, rarely burns, tans well. Example: Some Hispanics, some Blacks TYPE 6: Sun insensitive, never burns, deeply pigmented. Example: Darker Blacks.