Fitzpatrick Classification Scale - who knew?

chemicalmattchemicalmatt Member, Professional Chemist
How is it that I've been a cosmetic chemist for nearly 40 years and I just learned today about the Fitzpatrick Classification Scale for skin types and its 6 points? Working on a permanent makeup project and customer points this out. A Fitzpatrick milling machine for powders - that I know all about, but this evaded me all these years. Goes to show: the more you know the more you realize how little you actually know. 


  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    There's so much to know in the field of cosmetic science, it's easy to have holes in your knowledge. In participating in this forum, I find gaps in mine all the time. 
  • @chemicalmatt, I might guess you were not interested in skin lightening products. This scale is mentioned a lot in a context of which ingredient is better for different types. Like alpha arbutin is claimed to be more effective for types I-III and kojic acid for IV and above (if I remember correctly). Also referred when it comes to sunscreens.
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