Beauty BlogFitzpatrick type

We love the cooler months because our exposure to the harsh Queensland sun are less and that is why July to October are the best months to begin orientated treatments such as Photo rejuvenation, specific specialised clinical peels and Oxygen facials.

But do you know your skin type indicates how much sun protection you need and which clinical treatments are most suitable and effective for your skin Fitzpatrick skin type?

Skin type affects the way your skin ages, how it reacts to skin procedures, and how vulnerable you are to developing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIHP), hypopigmentation and keloid scarring.

We classify skin according to colour and its reaction to sun exposure using the Fitzpatrick scale, developed by Dermatologist Dr Fitzpatrick in 1975. The world is a rich mix of ethnicities with many shades – historically, the closer to the equator, the darker the skin and the further away your ancestors lived, the lighter your skin will be.

Using the Fitzpatrick scale, we can determine your reaction to treatments such as IPL, Chemical peels, Oxygen facials and more. For the most accurate diagnosis where our therapists will take into account your unique genetic background

We have listed all Fitzpatrick skin scale which type which one is yours?

Fitzpatrick Skin Type I

You have: Celtic/Anglo-Saxon descent with light coloured eyes, fair or red hair and freckled skin, skin does not tan, only develops erythema (redness) and peels, often a thinner, dry skin.

You are very susceptible to: Photo damage such as skin cancers (basal cell carcinoma & squamous cell carcinoma) and premature ageing caused by repeat sun exposure, resulting in wrinkles, spider veins, freckles, and pigmentation. There is no to minimal risk of PIHP.

Treatments: Photo rejuvenation, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, Oxygen facials and anti-aging cosmeceuticals Aspect or ASAP can help restore the skin to a more youthful appearance,

Fitzpatrick Skin Type 2

You have: Northern European descent with light coloured eyes, light hair, with or without freckled skin, light tan may develop, though will burn and peel easily.

You are moderately susceptible to: Photo damage such as skin cancers and photo ageing, resulting in pigmentation such as age spots, as well as broken capillaries, lines and wrinkles. There is minimal risk of developing PIHP.

Treatments:, Photo Rejuvenation, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, Oxygen facials and Aspect or ASAP homecare cosmeceuticals incorporating vitamin A & C., daily application of 50+ sunscreen such as Fleur de Mer in clear or tinted will keep you protected and prevent further sun damage after treatments

Fitzpatrick Skin Type 3

You have: One parent from a Mediterranean, Indian, Asian or Latin American background with darker eyes and hair, moderate tan will develop and will only sometimes burn.

You are moderately susceptible to: Photo damage such as skin cancers and photo-ageing. Although you tan easily, you should still wear sun protection (minimum 30+). There is a potential risk of developing PIHP.

Treatments: Gentle clinical treatments such as chemical peels incorporating pigmentation suppression as well as cosmeceutical grade ASPECT or ASAP skin care. Daily application of 50+ sunscreen such as Fleur de Mer in clear or tinted will keep you protected and prevent further sun damage after treatments

Due to potential risk of developing PIHP, always ensure your fully qualified therapist is aware of your genetic history.

Fitzpatrick Skin Type 4

You are: Mediterranean, Indian, Asian or Latin American descent with dark eyes and hair, a dark tan will develop and will seldom burn, often a thicker, oilier skin.

You are moderately susceptible to: Developing PIHP (darker patches) and hypopigmentation (lighter patches). You are not prone to early photo damage such as skin cancers and photo ageing.

Treatments: Photo rejuvenation test patch prior to treatments, Light clinical skin peels, microdermabrasion, general facials and Aspect or ASAP home care. Daily application of 50+ sunscreen such as Fleur de Mer in clear or tinted will keep you protected and prevent further sun damage.

Due to potential risk of developing PIHP, always ensure your fully qualified therapist is aware of your genetic history.

Fitzpatrick Skin Type 5

You are: Indian, Asian, Aboriginal or African descent with very dark brown eyes and hair, who tans extremely well and rarely burns.

You are highly susceptible to: Developing PIHP and hypopigmentation. You are not prone to early photo damage such as skin cancers and photo ageing A full consultation is required before undertaking any treatments. We will recommend seeing a dermatologist for further treatments such as phot rejuvenations and clinical peels.

Treatments: Light Microdermabrasion, Oxygen facials, general facials and Aspect or ASAP home care. Daily application of 50+ sunscreen such as Fleur de Mer in clear will keep you protected and prevent further sun damage.

Due to potential risk of developing PIHP, and we may recommend seeing a dermatologist for treatments such as Photo rejuvenation and clinical skin peels. Always ensure your professional is aware of your genetic history.

Fitzpatrick Skin Type 6

You are: African or Aboriginal descent with black eyes and hair and very dark skin.

You are highly susceptible to: Developing PIHP, hypopigmentation and keloid scarring. You are not prone to early photo damage such as skin cancers and photo ageing.

Treatments: Light microdermabrasion, Oxygen facials and home care ASPECT or ASAP are suitable however Due to the high risk of developing complications for Photo rejuvenation or deeper peel treatments we recommend consulting a dermatologist before undertaking any treatments.