Fitzpatrick Scale- You should know

 

 

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What is it?

Fitzpatrick scale can be define as numerical classification schema for human skin color.

Who invented it & when?

It was invented by Thomas B. Fitzpatrick in the year 1975. He was a Harvard Dermatologist.

What is the theory he used?

Initially he developed it on the base of eye & skin color but when it proved to be wrong, he altered the patient’s reports of how their skin responds to the sun i.e responding to ultraviolet rays (UV rays).

NOTE:- THE FITZPATRICK SCALE REMAINS A RECOGNIZED TOOL FOR DERMATOLOGICAL RESEARCH INTO HUMAN SKIN PIGMENTATION.

CATEGORIES OF FITZPATRICK SCALE:

  1. TYPE I (Score 0-6)- It always burns but never tans (pale white, blond or red hair,blue eyes & freckles).
  2. TYPE II (Score 7-13)- It usually burns but tans minimally( white, blond or red hair; blue, green or hazel eyes).
  3. TYPE III(Score 14-20)- Sometimes mild burn, tans uniformly ( cream white; fair with any hair or eye color).
  4. TYPE IV(Score 21-27)- It burns minimally, always tans well (moderate brown).
  5. TYPE V(Score 28-34)- It burn very rarely and tans very easily (dark brown).
  6. TYPE VI( Score 35-36)- It never burns and never tans (deeply pigmented dark brown or darkest brown).

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