Your Fitzpatrick Skin Type 1-6

How your skin color reacts to ☀️

Have you heard about your skin type and skin color referred to as a number, like type 2 or 3? This number refers to your skin on the Fitzpatrick Skin Type Scale.

This  scale  measures how skin reacts to sun exposure. 

It’s an extremely useful skin measuring tool to consider since skin can react differently to skin treatments depending on the person’s Fitzpatrick skin type.

Many clinicians use this scale as a guide to measure how deeply they can do chemical peels, and the ideal lasers for skin colors.

fitzpatrick color scale

In some skin care lines, there may be products not suitable for the darker Fitzpatrick skin types.

The table below represents some examples of the Fitzpatrick scale.

These are generalizations, so your clinician will need to do a more detailed assessment. This is necessary as many persons come from mixed origins.

Skin TypeSkin ColorHair & Eye ColorReaction to SunEthnicity
Type IWhiteBlonde hair,
green eyes
Always burns,
freckles,
never tans
English,
Scottish
Type IIWhiteBlonde hair,
green, hazel
or blue eyes
Always burn,
freckles,
tans minimally
Northern
European
Type IIIWhiteBlonde or
brown hair,
blue or
brown eyes
Tans after
several burns,
may freckle
German
Type IVBrownBrown hair,
brown eyes
Tans more
than average,
rarely burns.
Mediterranean,
Southern
European,
Hispanic
Type VDark
Brown
Brown or
black hair,
brown eyes
Tans with
ease, rarely
burns
Asian,
Indian,
some
Africans
Type VIVery
Dark Brown
Black hair,
brown or
black eyes
Deeply pigmented,
tans, never burns
Africans or
Aboriginals

The beauty of Melanopeel® is that it is a virtually color blind skin system

We have created a unique system that works remarkably well on all skin colors.

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