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What is the Fitzpatrick scale?

The Fitzpatrick scale is a numerical classification system for human skin colour. It was developed in 1975 by Thomas B. Fitzpatrick, a Harvard dermatologist, as a way to estimate the response of different types of skin to ultraviolet (UV) light.[1] It was initially developed on the basis of skin and eye colour, but when this proved misleading, it was altered to be based on the patient’s reports of how their skin responds to the sun; it was also extended to a wider range of skin types.[2][3][4] The Fitzpatrick scale remains a recognised tool for dermatological research into human skin pigmentation.

Esmi foundation offers colours from I – IV on the Fitzpatrick scale. If you have any questions please email us –

This picture may serve as a guideline of where you sit on the Fitzpatrick scale. Please visit our Find a Stockist page to find a store to sample our range.