The Fitzpatrick scale is a skin typing test developed to estimate the response of different skin types to the sun. In aesthetics, it is used to help us deterime your response to certain procedures, such as laser rejuvenation therapy and medical grade peels. Basically, the scale is as follows:

  • Type I (scores 0–6) always burns, never tans (pale white; blond or red hair; blue eyes; freckles).
  • Type II (scores 7–13) usually burns, tans minimally (white; fair; blond or red hair; blue, green, or hazel eyes)
  • Type III (scores 14–20) sometimes mild burn, tans uniformly (cream white; fair with any hair or eye color)
  • Type IV (scores 21–27) burns minimally, always tans well (moderate brown)
  • Type V (scores 28–34) very rarely burns, tans very easily (dark brown)
  • Type VI (scores 35–36) Never burns, never tans (deeply pigmented dark brown to darkest brown)

You can take a test here (Fitzpatrick Skin Type Test) to see what your score is.