Your Fitzpatrick skin type is important to your health. It reveals your susceptibility to sunburns and skin damage including skin cancer and photoaging. You can determine your own by taking a quiz related to genetic disposition, reaction to sun exposure, and tanning habits. For each question of the quiz, there are four possible responses, and for each response, there’s a score. At the end of the quiz, add up your total score to find your skin type¹.
It’s easy to incorrectly assume your skin type based on your skin colour. Although skin colour is a factor, there’s much more to it. Traits like freckles, eye colour, hair colour, how your skin reacts to the sun, and how often you tan can give insight into your likelihood of developing a sunburn and/or skin cancer. It’s also important to note that in the skin type quiz, skin colour is based on the colour of your unexposed skin¹. If you use the colour of your skin that has been exposed to UV radiation, you may get an inaccurate result.
- Canadian Dermatology Association. (n.d.). Know Your Skin Type. Retrieved June 23, 2016
- Skin Cancer Foundation. (2016). Where Does Your Skin Fit In? Quiz. Retrieved June 23, 2016
- Sachdeva, S. (2009). Fitzpatrick skin typing: applications in dermatology. Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology 75(1):93-6. Retrieved June 23, 2016