Fitzpatrick Scale

The Fitzpatrick scale is a numerical classification assessing skin colour and tolerance of sunlight. It may be used by practitioners to determine how patients will respond or react to facial treatments and their risk of skin cancer.

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,, sometimes burns, slow to tan. Example: Darker Caucasians.

Type 4: Minimally sun sensitive, burns minimally, tans moderately. Eaxmple: Mediterranian type Caucasians.

Type 5: Sun insensitive, rarely burns, tans well. Example: Some Hispanis, some Blacks.

Type 6: Sun insensitive, never burns, deeply pigmented. Example: Darker Blacks.

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