In 1975, Thomas Fitzpatrick developed a numerical classification for different skin types as a way to estimate the response of different types of skin to ultraviolet (UV) ray exposure. To this day the Fitzpatrick Scale remains a recognised dermatological tool for determining human skin pigmentation; the likely impact of UV overexposure on an individual and their risk of skin cancer related issues.
There a six different skin types on the Fitzpatrick Scale:
Type 1 - someone who always experiences sunburn.
Type 2 - someone who almost always experiences sunburn.
Type 3 - someone who experiences mild sunburn from time to time.
Type 4 - someone who only experiences minimal sunburn.
Type 5 - someone who rarely experiences sunburn.
Type 6 - someone who never experiences sunburn.
A Type 1 skin person is likely to have red or blonde hair, blue eyes, freckles and pale skin which only burns with sun exposure, never tans.
A person who has Type 1 skin is most at risk of skin cancer through UV exposure. Dermatologists and skin doctors recommend to individuals with Type 1 skin to self assess their skin on an ongoing basis, that they attend at least annual skin checks and proactively manage their skin health by using UPF50+ sun protective clothing and sunscreen.
Dermatologists recommend UPF50+ sun protective clothing as the best form of skin cancer prevention. Solbari offers an award-winning range of UPF50+ sun protective clothing, sun-hats, sun protective arm sleeves, umbrellas and other accessories.
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