Fitzpatrick Skin Type
The Fitzpatrick Classification Scale was developed by Harvard Medical School dermatologist, Thomas Fitzpatrick, MD, PhD. This scale takes into account a person's complexion and their tolerance of sunlight. It is used by many skincare pros to determine how someone will respond or react to facial treatments, and how likely they are to get skin cancer.
The test asks a series of 10 questions in total that assign a certain point value, which is then totaled to find the final score. Each question can be worth up to four points, with a minimal value of zero. A person can score up to 40 points, with the maximum value on the scale as 35+. There are six skin types on the Fitzpatrick chart, each with a corresponding point range as assessed by the test. The scale ascends in darkness of skin color with pale-white as the lightest and dark brown-black as the darkest. The lower the score, the paler a person is. The higher the score, the darker a person is.
What's your Fitzpatrick type? Grab a pen and paper to take the quiz and find out!