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  • Writer's pictureAlexis Downing

🌿Understanding The Fitzpatrick Scale.

The Fitzpatrick Scale, also known as “the Fitzpatrick Skin Typing Test” and “Fitzpatrick Phototyping Scale”, was developed back in 1975 by Thomas B. Fitzpatrick.🌱

It turns out the sun and acne are correlated, and learning what type of skin you have can help you avoid burns and breakouts. This system is still used commonly to research the causes and effects of human skin pigmentation in a variety of dermatological conditions.🌱

This system consists of six types.🌱


Type I:

People who score between 0 and 6 on the van Luschan scale have skin that nearly always burns when in the sun, and never tans, usually exhibiting pale white skin. Generally, these individuals have blond or red hair, blue eyes, and freckles.🌱


Type II:

People considered Type II on this schema score between 7 and 13 on the van Luschan scale, and usually burn when in the sun. They may tan, but at a minimal level, meaning most in this skin type have white or fair skin. These individuals tend to have blond or red hair, and blue, hazel, or green eyes.🌱


Type III:

This classification sees scores between 14 and 20 on the van Luschan scale may get the occasional mild burn, tan uniformly, and usually have cream white skin. This classification can have any eye color.🌱


Type IV:

Those with this skin type score between 21 and 27 on the van Luschan scale, very rarely get sunburns, and tan easily, leaving them with moderately brown skin.🌱


Type V:

It’s extremely rare for individuals with this skin type—scoring between 28 and 34—to get sunburned, and they tan very easily. They usually have dark brown skin.🌱


Type VI:

The final classification is reserved for scores between 35 and 36. These individuals have deeply pigmented dark brown skin and never get sunburns.🌱


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