Book A Call Back Book an Appointment

Tel: 0121 350 8482 | 07794 168 651

Fiji Skin & Laser Clinic News

24th Aug 2022

What Fitzpatrick Skin Type Am I?

The Fitzpatrick skin type scale was developed in 1975 and is used to this day as a simple way of classifying different skin tones. As Aesthetic Practitioners the Fitzpatrick skin type scale is very important as the classification will depend on which types of treatments are suitable for each client.

The scale classifies skin in 6 types based on the colour of the skin, sun damage and how the skin responds to the sun.

Skin Type 1: Ivory- white skin, always freckles, always burns, never tans.

E.g.: Celtic fair skin

Skin Type 2: Fair- pale skin, usually freckles, often burns, rarely tans.

E.g.: Northern European skin

Skin Type 3: Fair- beige skin with golden undertone, sometimes burns, sometimes tans.

E:g: Southern European skin

Skin Type 4: Olive- light brown skin, tans, rarely burns.

E.g.: Middle eastern, fairer Asian skin

Skin Type 5: Darker shade of brown skin, always tans, never burns.

E.g.: Darker Asian skin

Skin Type 6: Very dark/ darkest shade of brown, always tans, never burns.

E.g.: Afro-Caribbean skin

Why is Fitzpatrick Important?

The Fitzpatrick scale must be used to enable us to treat clients skin safely and avoid negative responses such as hyper pigmentation or burns.

Skin Type 1 has the least amount of melanin, therefore will heat up least so higher energies can be used.

Skin Types 4-6 have more melanin so need to be treated with caution or not at all with certain laser treatments.

For darker skin tones we can safely treat skin concerns with peels and laser resurfacing which are suitable for all Fitzpatrick 1-6. All our skin supplements and skin care products are all suitable for skin of colour.

Here at our Fiji Skin Clinic we can treat all skin of colour safely whether it’s with skin treatments or skin care products. Depending on a person’s skin tone and skin concern will determine which treatment protocol we recommend.

Obagi Medical was developed for skin of colour 25 years ago and has all the clinical white papers to support their findings and results. We are Award Winning Obagi Ambassadors and have extensive training and experience in treating skin of colour even when it is sensitive. Visit our social media to see our client before and after photos, you can also visit our extensive Google Reviews too. 

More on FIJI clinic

We are a leading skin clinic in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham running for almost 20 years with a team of dedicated qualified specialists catering to your every need and help you achieve your dream body goals! Read more about our treatments including Laser Hair Removal, HIFU , HydraFacial's and much more!.

Contact us 

Tel: 0121 350 8482


147 Sutton Rd,
Wylde Green,
Sutton Coldfield,
B23 5TN

Tel:  0121 350 8482Tel:  07794 168 651Tel:  07794 168 651 (Out of Hours)

Booking Enquiry

Booking Enquiry

If you would like to enquire about booking here at Fiji Skin Clinic then complete the form here and we will get in touch with you to make the final booking arrangements.

Contact Us

Contact Us

We would like to hear from you. Please send us a message by filling out the form below and we will get back with you shortly.

Book a Call Back

Book a Call Back

We would like to hear from you. Please send us a message by filling out the form below and we will get back with you shortly.

Book Consultation

Book Consultation

Click the booking link on this page to book now. Alternatively, if you have a question feel free to email the clinic by completing this form and we will respond within 24 hours.