The Skin Type Fitzpatrick Chart

You can use this skin-type Fitzpatrick 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

Salicylic acid is a type of Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) that is derived from willow bark, although it is also found in some fruits and vegetables such as strawberries and tomatoes.

Score 0 1 2 3 4
What is the colour of your eyes? Light blue, Grey, Green Blue, Gray or Green Blue Dark Brown Brownish Black
What is the natural colour of your hair? Sandy Red Blond Chestnut/Dark
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 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 Chart Skin Type

Score Skin Type
0-7 I
8-16 II
17-25 III
25-30 IV
Over 30 V - VI

Total score for Skin Type Score - Fitzpatrick Chart Skin Type: _____

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: Mediterranean 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.

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