The Fitzpatrick Scale

December 8, 2014

Before you decide on a laser treatment, it is important to know..

What Skin type are you?

The Fitzpatrick Scale, developed in 1975 by T.B. Fitzpatrick, a Harvard dermatologist, is the current and recognized method among the medical aesthetics community to classify skin colors and their reaction to UV light. By dividing skin tones into types 1-6, aesthetic professionals can accurately determine the best technique required for the specific client.

Skin Types

The Fitzpatrick Skin-Typing Scale

Skin Type

Skin Color

Reaction to Sun

1 Very White or Freckled Always Burns/Never Tans
2 White Usually Burns/Sometimes Tans
3 White to Olive Sometimes Burns/Always Tans
4 Brown Rarely Burns
5 Dark Brown Very Rarely Burns/Moderately Pigmented
6 Black Highly Pigmented