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March 9, 2022

Find Your Fitzpatrick Skin Type

Is it just us, or does Fitz-patrick sound like St. Patrick? We think it does! And so in honor of St. Patrick’s Day this month let’s take a test to find out your unique Fitzpatrick skin type. It’s fun to find out where you fall on the scale. Plus, it’ll give you some important info that could save your skin. 
 
What is the Fitzpatrick Scale 
The Fitzpatrick scale is a tool for dermatologists to assess your risk of skin cancer. It rates two things: the amount of pigment in your skin and how your skin reacts to the sun. It can indicate how likely you are to develop skin cancer. 
 
Classify Your Skin 
The Fitzpatrick Skin Scale is a scientific way of classifying skin types. It breaks them down into six categories starting light and moving up to the darkest tones of skin. Just knowing your skin type can give you the information you need to protect your skin and prevent skin cancer.  
 
What’s Your Fitzpatrick Skin Type? 
Ready to take the test to find out your skin type? Just choose the number that best describes you. Then add up your numbers and check your score at the end of the quiz.  
 
What color are your eyes? 
0 - Light blue, gray or green  
1 - Blue, gray, or green 
2 – Blue 
3 - Dark Brown 
4 - Brownish Black 
 
What is the natural color of your hair? 
0 - Sandy red 
1 – Blonde 
2 - Chestnut/ Dark Blonde 
3 - Dark brown 
4 - Black 
 
What color is your skin in places where it is not exposed to the sun? 
0 - Reddish 
1 - Very Pale 
2 - Pale with a beige tint 
3 - Light brown 
4 - Dark brown  
 
Do you have freckles on unexposed areas? 
0 - Many 
1 - Several 
2 - Few 
3 - Incidental 
4 - None 
 
What happens when you stay too long in the sun? 
0 - Painful redness, blistering, peeling 
1 - Blistering followed by peeling 
2 - Burns sometimes followed by peeling 
3 - Rare burns 
4 - Never had burns 
 
To what degree do you turn brown? 
0 - Hardly or not at all 
1 - Light color tan 
2 - Reasonable tan 
3 - Tan very easily 
4 - Turn dark brown quickly 
 
Do you turn brown after several hours of sun exposure? 
0 - Never 
1 - Seldom 
2 - Sometimes 
3 - Often 
4 - Always 
 
How does your face react to the sun? 
0 - Very sensitive 
1 - Sensitive 
2 - Normal 
3 - Very resistant 
4 - Never had a problem 
 
When did you last expose your body to the sun? 
1 - More than 3 months ago 
2 - 2-3 months ago 
3 - 12 months ago 
4 - Less than a month ago 
5 - Less than 2 weeks ago 
 
Do you expose your face, or the area to be treated, to the sun? 
1 - Never 
2 - Hardly ever 
3 - Sometimes 
4 - Often 
5 - Always 
 
Quiz Score For Fitzpatrick Scale 
0-7 = Type I 
8-16 + Type II 
17-25 = Type III 
25-30 = Type IV 
Over 30 = Type V-VI 
 
Fitzpatrick Skin Type Characteristics 
 
Does Everyone Need Sunscreen? 
Yes, you need sun protection regardless of your Fitzpatrick skin type. Wear sunscreen with a high SPF if your skin is on the light side. You can get away with sunscreen with a lower SPF if your skin is on the darker side.  
 
Book an Annual Exam 
If your skin is on the light side (especially if you have red hair or freckles) you should see a dermatologist for an annual skin check starting at about age 30. If your skin is tan to dark, see a dermatologist for a yearly exam starting at about age 40. 
 
Ready to join the dozens of patients who know their skin type and use it to take care of their skin? Or, are you still not quite sure which category your skin fits int?  Book your appointment and your dermatologist will help you figure out the answer.