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Skin Type: Hair Removal And Your Skin Type

When it comes to some types of hair removal procedures, your skin type can help to determine the likelihood that the process will work on you specifically.

In 1975 a US dermatologist named Thomas B. Fitzpatrick devised a system to classify skin types based on a person's physical attributes and their response to sun exposure.

The result is a classification of 6 different skin types:

Type I: Very fair skin that always burns and never tans.

Type II: Fair skin that always burns and sometimes tans.

Type III: Medium skin that sometimes burns and always tans.

Type IV: Olive/light brown skin that rarely burns and always tans.

Type V: Brown skin that never burns and always tans.

Type VI: Dark brown or black skin that never burns and always tans.

The 6 Fitzpatrick skin types range from Type 1 (very fair skin) to Type 6 (very dark skin).

Your skin type is determined by completing a questionnaire that asks about the color of your eyes, the natural color of your hair, the color of your skin, propensity to tan/burn and other questions related to how your skin responds to the sun.

When it comes to hair removal, the specific area to be treated is important since some body parts (ie. face) often get more regular exposure to the sun than other body parts (ie. back) and therefore might be a slightly different shade.

Skin type is a very important determining factor for the success (or lack thereof) of laser and pulsed light hair removal treatment.

When I first received my pulsed light hair removal treatment, one of the first thing the practitioner did was to have me answer the skin type questionnaire to determine my skin type.

She then inputted my skin type into the machine's computer since its settings are customizable based on the skin type of each patient.

Temporary and permanent hair removal technology is evolving constantly and is relevant to both men and women who want to remove unwanted hair.

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