Fitzpatrick Skin Type Classification
FITZPATRICK SKIN TYPE CLASSIFICATION
Part I: Genetic Disposition Part II: Reaction to Extended Sun Exposure
Eye color:

Light blue, light gray or light green = 0

Blue, gray or green = 1

Hazel or light brown = 2

Dark brown = 3

Brownish black = 4

____ Skin’s response to the sun:

Always burns, blisters and peels = 0

Often burns, blisters and peels = 1

Burns moderately = 2

Burns rarely, if at all = 3

Never burns = 4

____
Natural hair color:

Red or light blonde = 0

Blonde = 1

Dark blonde or light brown = 2

Dark brown = 3

Black = 4

____ Does your skin tan?

Never – I always burn = 0

Seldom = 1

Sometimes = 2

Often = 3

Always = 4

____
Natural skin color (before sun exposure):

Ivory white = 0

Fair or pale = 1

Fair to beige, with golden undertone = 2

Olive or light brown = 3

Dark brown or black = 4

____ How deeply do you tan?

Not at all or very little = 0

Lightly = 1

Moderately = 2

Deeply = 3

My skin is naturally dark = 4

____
Freckles on unexposed areas:

Many = 0

Several = 1

A few = 2

Very few = 3

None = 4

____ How sensitive is your face to the sun?

Very sensitive = 0

Sensitive = 1

Normal = 2

Resistant = 3

Very resistant/Never had a problem = 4

____
Total score for genetic disposition: ____ Total score for reaction to sun exposure: ____

Fitzpatrick Skin Type Score (total genetic disposition + total sun exposure):

____
FITZPATRICK SKIN TYPE SCORE

The Fitzpatrick Scale classifies patient’s skin type and thus the ability to burn and tan when exposed to the sun or UV radiation.

I (0–6): pale white skin; always burns, never tans

II (7–12): white skin; almost always burn, rarely tans

III (13–18): light brown skin; burns moderately, tans uniformly

IV (19–24): moderate brown skin; burns minimally, tans easily

V (25–30): dark brown skin; rarely burns, tans easily

VI (31+): dark brown to black skin; never burns

NOTES

This content is not intended to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Seek the advice of a healthcare provider for any questions you may have regarding your score or the medical condition.

REFERENCES

Fitzpatrick Skin Type Quiz. The Skin Cancer Foundation Web site. www.skincancer.org. Accessed April 9, 2019.

Roberts WE. Skin type classification systems old and new. Dermatol Clin. 2009 Oct;27(4):529–33.

(Rev. 4/2019)

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