The Fitzpatrick Scale is a method of skin classification that is based on your genetics, ethnicity, and more. The reason it’s important is that certain skin types react to acids differently.
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Basically, the skin’s melanin content is a KEY factor when choosing the appropriate peel.
Mostly due to Pre & Post peel treatments that may be needed.
For those of us that are at more at-risk to temporary or permanent color changes in the skin it’s important we follow the right protocol.
Darker skin types are at a much higher risk of PIH (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation), which is why they should always follow a pre-treatment regimen of an alpha arbutin or hydroquinone melanin inhibition therapy prior to any peels. This can greatly reduce the risk of any post peel issues.
We’ll cover that in more depth later in the lessons.
Which are you?
It’s actually very easy. There are six Fitzpatrick types. I, II, III, IV, V and VI.
There are many ranges of colors, so we are going to think about not only your skin’s color, but your eye and hair color, along with your heritage and even how susceptible you are to burn in the sun.
Let’s get started. Look at each column on the following chart and find out where you fit then move on to the next lesson!