How do I Determine my Fitzpatrick Skin Type?

In 1975, Thomas B Fitzpatrick, MD, Ph.D., of Harvard Medical School, developed a classification system for skin typing. This system was based on a person’s response to sun exposure in terms of the degree of burning and tanning the individual experienced. For successful removal of hair, wrinkles, veins, sun spots, and scars using LASER technology, it is necessary to determine your correct skin type.

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TYPE I: Highly sensitive, always burns, never tans.

Example: Red hair with freckles or Albino

TYPE II: Very sun sensitive, burns easily, tans minimally.

Example: Fair-skinned, fair-haired Caucasians

TYPE III: Sun sensitive skin, sometimes burns, slowly tans to light brown.

Example: Darker Caucasians, European mix

TYPE IV: Minimally sun sensitive, burns minimally, always tans to moderate brown.

Example: Mediterranian, European, Asian, Hispanic, American Indian

TYPE V: Sun-insensitive skin, rarely burns, tans well.

Example: Hispanics, Afro-American, Middle Eastern

TYPE VI: Sun-insensitive, never burns, deeply pigmented.

Example: Afro-American, African, Middle Eastern

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