Fun, Informative Quiz Determines Skin Type and Celebrity

New York, NY (July 28, 2010) - Your skin type identifies your susceptibility to sun damage and skin cancer risk. Based on the respected Fitzpatrick Skin Type classification system, The Skin Cancer Foundation has developed a quiz to help people determine their skin type. Results include type-tailored sun safety advice and a list of celebrities with similar complexions.

"We encourage people to visit our website, www.SkinCancer.org, or Facebook page to take this quiz," said Perry Robins, MD, president, The Skin Cancer Foundation. "It is a fun, interactive tool for spreading awareness about skin cancer and how to help prevent it based on one's skin type."

The Foundation's quiz measures two components- genetic disposition and reaction to sun exposure. Skin type ranges from very fair (Type I) to very dark (Type VI). Take the quiz below to determine your skin type and celebrity "skin twin."


Part I: Genetic Disposition

  1. Your eye color is:

Light blue, light gray or light green = 0

Blue, gray or green = 1

Hazel or light brown = 2

Dark brown = 3

Brownish black = 4

  1. Your natural hair color is:

Red or light blonde = 0

Blonde = 1

Dark blonde or light brown = 2

Dark brown = 3

Black = 4

  1. Your natural skin color (before sun exposure) is:

Ivory white = 0

Fair or pale = 1

Fair to beige, with golden undertone = 2

Olive or light brown = 3

Dark brown or black = 4

  1. How many freckles do you have on unexposed areas of your skin?

Many = 0

Several = 1

Some = 2

Very few = 3

None = 4

Total score for genetic disposition: _______

Part II: Reaction to Extended Sun Exposure

  1. How does your skin respond to the sun?

Always burns, blisters and peels = 0

Often burns, blisters and peels = 1

Burns moderately = 2

Burns rarely, if at all = 3

Never burns = 4

  1. Does your skin tan?

Never , I always burn= 0

Seldom = 1

Sometimes = 2

Often = 3

Always = 4

  1. How deeply do you tan?

Not at all or very little = 0

Lightly = 1

Moderately = 2

Deeply = 3

My skin is naturally dark = 4

  1. How sensitive is your face to the sun?

Very sensitive = 0

Sensitive = 1

Normal = 2

Resistant = 3

Very resistant/Never had a problem = 4

Total score for reaction to sun exposure: _______

Add up your scores and then match your total to the corresponding skin type.

Skin Type Score

Fitzpatrick Skin Type

0-6

I

7-12

II

13-18

III

19-24

IV

25-30

V

31+

VI

Type I: Pale, porcelain, ivory - that's you. Your hair tends to be reddish or blonde, and you may have light eyes. Your celeb skin twins are dramatic beauties likeCate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, and Julianne Moore. You always burn in the sun and you are extremely susceptible to skin damage as well as cancers like basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. You are also at very high risk for melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. Generally follow The Skin Cancer Foundation's prevention tips (check www.skincancer.org) but use a sunscreen with a SPF of 30+ and clothing with a UPF rating of 30 or higher. Seek the shade whenever you are out in the sun. Check your skin head-to-toe each month, paying careful attention to any suspicious growths, and make sure you have an annual professional skin checkup.

Type II: You're fair-skinned, and may have green, blue, or hazel eyes. Stars with your skin type include Drew Barrymore, Kate Winslet, and Scarlett Johansson. You almost always burn and rarely tan in the sun and are highly susceptible to skin damage as well as both nonmelanoma and melanoma skin cancers. Generally follow The Skin Cancer Foundation's prevention tips (check www.skincancer.org) but also consider using a sunscreen with a SPF of 30+ and clothing with a UPF rating of 30 or higher. Seek the shade whenever you are out in the sun. Check your skin head-to-toe each month, paying careful attention to any suspicious growths, and make sure you have an annual professional skin checkup.

Type III: You have light-to-medium skin, which may look peachy or beige. Like Hollywood A-listers Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts, and Sandra Bullock, you sometimes burn and sometimes tan in the sun. You are susceptible to skin damage as well as both nonmelanoma and melanoma skin cancers. Be sure to apply a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 every day, wear sun-protective clothing, and seek the shade between 10 AM and 4 PM, when the sun is strongest. Check your skin head-to-toe each month, paying careful attention to any suspicious growths, and make sure you have an annual professional skin checkup.

Type IV: You skin is golden- or olive-hued, like glamour girls Jennifer Lopez, Penelope Cruz, and Jessica Alba. You tend to have dark eyes, tan easily, and are less likely to burn. Nevertheless, you still need to protect yourself from the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15+ outside and seek the shade between 10 AM and 4 PM. Follow all other Prevention Tips from The Skin Cancer Foundation as well. (See www.skincancer.org). Check your skin head-to-toe each month, paying careful attention to any suspicious growths, and make sure you have an annual professional skin checkup.

Type V: You have dark hair and eyes, and, like Halle Berry, Beyonce, and Tyra Banks, your skin tone ranges from bronze to brown. Though you tan easily and rarely burn, you should still be cautious. Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15+ and seek the shade between 10 AM and 4 PM. Acral lentiginous melanoma, a very virulent form of the potentially deadly disease melanoma, is more common among darker-skinned people. These melanomas tend to appear on parts of the body not often exposed to the sun, and often remain undetected until after the cancer has spread. Check your skin head-to-toe each month, paying careful attention to any suspicious growths, and make sure you have an annual professional skin checkup. Keep an eye out for any suspicious growths, especially on the palms, soles of the feet and mucous membranes.

Type VI: Like Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Hudson, and Alek Wek, your skin tone ranges from deep mahogany to ebony, and you have dark eyes. Although your skin does not burn, you should still follow sun safety precautions. Acral lentiginous melanoma, a very virulent form of the potentially deadly disease melanoma, is more common among darker-skinned people. These melanomas tend to appear on parts of the body not often exposed to the sun, and often remain undetected until after the cancer has spread. You should wear sunscreen with a SPF of 15+ and seek the shade between 10 AM and 4 PM. Check your skin head-to-toe each month, paying careful attention to any suspicious growths, and make sure you have an annual professional skin checkup. Keep an eye out for any suspicious growths, especially on the palms, soles of the feet and mucous membranes.

This skin type quiz is for informational and entertainment purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

About The Skin Cancer Foundation

The Skin Cancer Foundation is the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, detection and treatment of skin cancer. The mission of the Foundation is to decrease the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education and research. For more information, visit, www.SkinCancer.org.