The Fitzpatrick Skin-Type Chart

You can use this skin-type chart for self-assessment, by adding up the score for each of the questions you've answered. At the end there is a scale providing a range for each of the six skin-type categories. Following the scale is an explanation of each of the skin types. You can quickly and easily determine which skin type you are.

Genetic Disposition

Score 0 1 2 3 4
What is the colour of your eyes? Light blue, Grey, Green Blue, Grey or Green Blue Dark Brown Brownish Black
What is the natural colour of your hair? Sandy Red Blonde Chestnut/Dark Blonde Dark Brown Black
What is the color of your skin (non exposed areas)? Reddish  Very Pale Pale With Beige tint Light Brown Dark Brown
 Do you have freckles on unexposed areas? Many Several  Few incidental none
Total score for Genetic Disposition: _____

Reaction to Sun Exposure

Score 0 1 2 3 4
What happens when you stay in the sun too long? Painful redness, blistering, peeling Blistering followed by peeling Burns sometimes followed by peeling Rare Burns Never had burns
To What degree do you turn brown? hardly or not at all Light color tan Reasonable tan Tan very easy Turn dark brown quickly
Do you turn brown within several hours after sun exposure? Never Seldom sometimes often always
 How does your face react to the sun? Very sensitive Sensitive  Normal Very resistant  never had a problem 
Total score for Reaction to Sun Exposure: _____

Tanning Habits

Score 0 1 2 3 4
When did you last expose your body to sun (or artificial sunlamp/tanning cream)? More then 3 months ago 2-3 months ago 1-2 months ago Less than a month ago Less then 2 weeks ago
 Did you expose the area to be treated to the sun? Never hardly ever Sometimes often always
Total score for Tanning Habits: _____
Add up the total scores for each of the three sections for your Skin Type Score.


Skin Type Score - Fitzpatrick Skin Type
0-7 I
8-16 II
17-25 III
25-30 IV
 Over 30 V-VI
TYPE 1: Highly sensitive, always burns, never tans. Example: Red hair with freckles
TYPE 2: Very sun sensitive, burns easily, tans minimally. Example: Fair skinned, fair haired Caucasians
TYPE 3: Sun sensitive skin, sometimes burns, slowly tans to light brown. Example: Darker Caucasians.
TYPE 4: Minimally sun sensitive, burns minimally, always tans to moderate brown. Example: Mediterranean type Caucasians, some Hispanics.
TYPE 5: Sun insensitive skin, rarely burns, tans well. Example: Some Hispanics, some Blacks
TYPE 6: Sun insensitive, never burns, deeply pigmented. Example: Darker Blacks.