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Know your skin type and color according to the Fitzpatrick Scale

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Know your skin type and color according to the Fitzpatrick Scale

Dermatologists, plastic surgeons and skin care professionals use the Fitzpatrick Scale as a tool used to classify your skin type and color.

When you request product information or when having laser procedures (i.e. laser hair removal) it is good to know your skin color/type. You want products and procedures that are compatible with your skin type, so you will get the desired results.

Skin types 1- 3 respond very well to anti-aging laser procedures, while skin types 4-6 may require treatments that are less aggressive to achieve the same results. Skin types 5 & 6 can often have an undesirable outcome when it comes to laser procedures. It is important that you know your skin type and do your research before having any procedures. Do you homework, be prepared, know your Fitzpatrick Classification and speak their language.

Type I - Skin Color: Light, pale white, freckled (blue eye color) Reaction to sun: Always burns, never tans

Type II - Skin Color: White, Peach; Fair (blue, green, hazel eye color) Reaction to sun: Usually burns, tans with difficulty

Type III - Skin Color: White to light brown, Olive (dark blue, hazel, brown eye color) Reaction to sun: Sometimes mild burn, gradually tans to a light brown

Type IV - Skin Color: Olive, light to moderate brown (light brown eye color) Reaction to sun: Rarely burns, tans with ease to a moderate brown

Type V - Skin Color: Brown, dark brown (dark brown eye color) Reaction to sun: Very rarely burns, tans very easily

Type VI - Skin Color: Black, very dark brown to black (dark brown eye color) Reaction to sun: Never burns, tans very easily, deeply pigmented

Fitzpatrick Scale skin care