The Fitzpatrick skin type scale estimates the response that certain skin types will have when exposed to harmful UV rays. While the scale does not replace professional medical advice, it is helpful in understanding skin type and risk of experiencing skin damage, photoaging, and possibly skin cancer. No matter your skin type, it’s important to protect yourself from the sun’s UV radiation.
Did you know there’s a scale that actually predicts the response that certain skin types will have to the sun’s ultraviolet rays? It’s called the Fitzpatrick scale, and it’s made up of six different skin types ranging from pale white (Type I) to deeply pigmented dark brown (Type VI).
According to Wiki, “The Fitzpatrick scale remains a recognized tool for dermatological research into human skin pigmentation.” But you don’t have to be wearing a white coat to benefit from the scale. Knowing where you stand on the Fitzpatrick skin type spectrum will help you to better understand your risk of skin damage, photoaging, and even skin cancer. For instance, the UV-sensitive Type I carries the greatest risk of burning and skin cancer, while the UV-resistant Type VI has less risk of burning or developing skin cancer.
Where do YOU Land on the Scale?
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Stay Informed to Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer
Of course, the Fitzpatrick skin type scale is not a substitute for expert medical advice, and there are other factors that must be taken into account — such as artificial tanning, specific preventative measures, etc. But hopefully you find the scale useful in informing you of potential UV risks. And remember, no matter your skin type, be mindful when you spend time outdoors. Skin damage and photoaging are serious matters, and both are preventable with a little forethought and planning.
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