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Have you ever wondered what Fitzpatrick Skin Type you have?

Thomas B. Fitzpatrick (19/12/1919 - 16/08/2003), was the founding Author of
Fitzpatrick’s Colour Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology and a world renowned Dermatologist, he is credited with an association with many significant achievements in the advancement of the field Dermatology; the melanosome and tyrosinase, the epidermal melanin unit, skin phototypes, melanoma, PUVA photochemotherapy, sun protection factors, vitiligo, and many others.

Fitzpatrick’s Skin Phototypes



Your Sunburn & Tanning History

Phototype Example

Outside of the medical fraternity Dr. Fitzpatrick is probably best known for his Fitzpatrick Skin Type Classification Scale which provides an objective assessment of the human skin its colour, genetic predisposition, and skin reactions to ultraviolet light (sun exposure).

Knowing your Fitzpatrick Skin Type provides a predictive guide to your likely reaction to sun exposure, your predisposition towards skin cancers and it also provides an indication of the extent that your natural skin colour may influence the final colour of your cosmetic tattooing.



Burn easily, never tan




Burn easily, tan minimally with difficulty




Burn moderately, tan moderately and uniformly




Burn minimally, tan moderately and easily




Rarely burn, tan profusely




Never burn, tan profusely


Questions to Determine Your Fitzpatrick Skin Type
Questions Genetic Disposition
Score 0 1 2 3 4
What is the colour of your eyes? Light blue, grey, or green Blue, grey, or green Blue Dark Brown Brownish Black
What is the natural colour of your hair? Sandy red Blond Chestnut/dark blond Dark brown Black
What is the colour of your skin?
(non exposed areas e.g. buttocks)
Reddish Very pale Pale with beige tint Light brown Dark brown
Do you have freckles on unexposed areas? Many Several Few Incidental None


Reaction to sun exposure
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 colour 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


Tanning habits
When did you last expose your body to sun (or artificial sunlamp/tanning cream)? More than 3 months ago 2-3 months ago 1-2 months ago Less than a month ago Less than 2 weeks ago
Did you expose the area to be treated to the sun? Never Hardly ever Sometimes Often Always
Your FST Score:

Your Fitzpatrick Skin Type is:


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For more information on tattoo pigment, skin colours and the final healed colour click here.
Clients with dark skin tones (Fitzpatrick Skin Type IV-VI) should click here for more information.

If you have questions or would like further information please contact me.

Kind Regards                       


Andrea Darby - Cosmetic Tattoo Specialist

For an Appointment Phone: 0423 230 740


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