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
Classify Your Skin
What’s Your Fitzpatrick Skin Type?
What color are your eyes?
What is the natural color of your hair?
What color is your skin in places where it is not exposed to the sun?
Do you have freckles on unexposed areas?
What happens when you stay too long in the sun?
To what degree do you turn brown?
Do you turn brown after several hours of sun exposure?
How does your face react to the sun?
When did you last expose your body to the sun?
Do you expose your face, or the area to be treated, to the sun?
Quiz Score For Fitzpatrick Scale
Fitzpatrick Skin Type Characteristics
- Type I - Your skin color is white, your hair is blonde, and your eyes are green. You Always burn in the sun and have freckles.
- Type II – Your skin is white, your hair is blonde, and your eyes are green or blue. You Always burn, have freckles, and it is difficult for you to tan.
- Type III – Your skin is white, your hair is blonde or brown. Your eyes are blue or brown. You tan after you burn. You may freckle.
- Type IV – Your skin, hair, and eyes are brown. You tan more than average and rarely burn. Freckles are rare.
- Type V – Your skin is dark brown, your hair is brown or black, and your eyes are brown. You can burn very rarely and tan readily. You don’t have freckles.
- Type VI – Your skin and hair are black. Your eyes are brown or black. You tan and never burn. You are deeply pigmented and don’t have freckles
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 at one of our clinics 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 with us and our dermatologists will help you figure out the answer.