The Fitzpatrick skin type system was developed by a Harvard dermatologist in the 1970s. It is used as a measurement tool to determine and classify how different skin types react to ultraviolet light (UV). The Fitzpatrick system takes into account, genetic makeup and reaction to sun exposure (burning and tanning and how it affects the skin).
People with skin type III, have sensitive skin. Their skin may sometimes burn and tan to a light bronze, but their risk for skin cancer remains higher than average. Skin Type III individuals are also susceptible to basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. These skin types are therefore advised to take care, use sunscreen and protect themselves from harmful UV rays as extreme sun exposure can result in serious damage, premature ageing, and as mentioned earlier life-threatening skin cancers, including melanoma.
Best skincare practices for Fitzpatrick Skin Type III
- Minimise sun damage
- Even out pigmentation
- Reverse age-related changes like wrinkles
- Check for skin cancers
Skin Type III individuals are conducive to the usual aesthetic treatments and most treatments can safely be done without the danger of adverse side effects such as hyper- or hypopigmentation occurring.
Aggressive Ablative resurfacing treatments (not done at Skin Renewal) such as CO2 laser, Erbium Yag laser, and Phenol peels can result in permanent hypopigmentation (whitish skin that has lost its pigmentation) and should be avoided.
At Skin Renewal, each client is booked for a consultation with a doctor before any treatments are done. As every person has a unique set of needs, an individualised package is worked out for each client to ensure optimal results.