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The importance of Photo type & Risk assessment

  • By Florence Barrett-Hill
  • Jul 09, 2018
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The importance of Photo type & Risk assessment

The importance of Photo type & Risk assessment

There have recently been several web forum and group discussions about photo type and relevance to skin analysis, and during these discussions there appeared to be for some participants, a rudimentary understanding of the importance of this characteristic in professional skin analysis. The purpose of this primer is to provide a good base of understanding. FBH  

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Burn time decreases as skin ages

  • By Florence Barrett-Hill
  • Feb 05, 2016
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Burn time decreases as skin ages

Observation of skin over 35 years has shown me that the original burn time that a skin could tolerate when young becomes shorter with age, along with less tolerance to heat. Older skin also displays a greater predisposition to post inflammatory hyperpigmentation after an injury, even if in the lower Photo type scale. The colour tone of skin is divided into 6 categories as an assessment of the response of skin to sun exposure. This is known as the Photo type scale, or Fitzpatrick Skin Type and was first developed in 1975. 

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