IntroductionThe Fitzpatrick system of skin‐type classification is a subjective method based on an individual's ethnicity, reaction to sun exposure and tanning habits. Although it is based on the response in fair‐skinned populations, this scheme of skin typing is widely accepted. However, choices for certain questions on genetic disposition may not adequately capture the spectrum of colour variations in dark‐skinned populations. In addition, some questions such as those on tanning habits may not be relevant for such populations. Some researchers have used spectrophotometric assessment of skin colour to objectively determine skin phototype. As skin colour varies with ethnicity, these results need validation in subjects with different ethnicities before spectrophotometry is universally adopted for skin phototyping. In this paper, we propose a modification to the Fitzpatrick questionnaire for skin‐typing the Indian population, and study its correlation with spectrophotometric measurement of skin colour.MethodsThe study was approved by the ethics committee of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (New Delhi, India), and all participants provided informed consent.Study design and participantsThis was a questionnaire‐based study conducted prospectively in the Department of Dermatology and Venereology (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) over a period of 6 months (July–December 2015).The study enrolled 70 healthy volunteers,
Clinical & Experimental Dermatology – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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