Skin has types? Yes. Specifically, types 1-6. On the blog today, we dive deeper into the Fitzpatrick scale.
One of the most frequently asked questions we get is, “what do you mean by ‘deep skin tones’”?
Deep skin tones have either types 4, 5 or 6.
The Fitzpatrick scale is numerically based from 1 – 6, with 1 being the lightest colour skin type and 6 the deepest. Melanin cells (melanocytes) are what give your skin its colour, and some people simply have more melanin in their skin than others.
Skin type 4: You rarely have sunburns, and tan with ease to a moderate brown.
Skin type 5: You very rarely have sunburns, and tan easily.
Skin type 6: You almost never have sunburns, and tan very easily.
Why Does My Skin Type Matter?
Most know that some skin tones are at greater risk for sun damage & developing skin cancer than others. However, many aren’t aware that certain skincare ingredients are not recommended for certain skin tones & sensitivities.
Although skin types 4, 5 & 6 (deep skin tones) have the lowest risk of developing skin cancer, because of the increased melanin that provides a level of natural protection from the sun, they still need to protect their skin from the sun!
Tips for Deep Skin Tones
- Yes, the risk of developing skin cancer is much lower, but please, beware especially of the skin cancer called Acral Lentiginous Melanoma; these dark spots may appear on parts of the body that aren’t exposed to sun, so they can spread undetected for a long time.
- Continue to wear at least an SPF 30 daily & avoid direct sun exposure during peak hours (the sun-kissed look is short-lived and rarely worth it).
- Have an annual skin exam by a medical professional.
- Avoid resorcinol (TCA peels). More appropriate ingredients for peels include lactic, mandelic, kojic acids and arbutin.
- Avoid high concentrations of glycolic acid. Mandelic acid is safer for us.
- Use Vitamin C to repair cell damage.
- Use Vitamin A to accelerate cell turnover.
Remember – Our deep skin is beautiful!