Appropriate for almost every patient and all skin types, the distinctive blue Bellus Medical SkinPen® is a microneedling device. Microneedling has been safely used in a wide variety of patient-types including patients of all skin-types. (1-3). You have much to consider when deciding which procedures are right for you, based on your goals. Among those considerations is understanding your unique skin type. Educating our consumers is a priority for Bellus Medical, and we’ve gathered the best information to help in your search to understand your skin type. The more you know, the more SkinPen® stands out as the informed aesthetic choice.
When it comes to the science, your skin type and recovery time, the SkinPen® advantage is clear. SkinPen®’s state-of-the-art, technology is designed to stimulate your skin. SkinPen® helps to with little downtime.
When Skinfuse® products are used post microneedling, results are maximized as your body is given the vitamins and minerals it needs to encourage healthy skin.
SkinPen® science respects all skin types, and cares for your epidermis.
Recovery time from a SkinPen® procedure is less than a laser procedure. Also, Skinfuse® post-procedure protocol offers the ability to continue the skin rejuvenation process.
The diverse SkinPen® patient profile includes every skin type in the FST.
For doctors, scientists and clinicians, the Fitzpatrick Skin Type (FST) is the most common scale/method used to assess the categories of skin types with regards to sunburn risk and skin cancer risk (3). Understanding your own skin type in this spectrum helps refine your choices in aesthetic treatments.
The scale uses a person’s phenotype (physical traits they exhibit) as well as how their skin reacts to sun exposure to estimate their overall skin type. This is done to assist the clinician in determining how to best care for the patient given how others with similar skin types have fared with different treatments and medications.
An example of this is how physicians assess which patients are suitable candidates for fractional laser treatments. Since lasers can leave areas of hyperpigmentation (darker areas of skin) in patients with darker skin types, clinicians often do not recommend lasers for these patients, or even those who are of lighter skin types who have allowed their skin to tan.The diverse SkinPen® patient profile includes every skin type, making it a breakthrough for patients susceptible to hyperpigmentation.
While the FST scale is not perfect in its inclusion of every skin type (4) it does capture the overall population in regards to broad descriptions of skin types and the overall concerns when approaching patients with those skin types.
Type I (scores 0–6)
Pale white; blond or red hair; blue eyes; freckles
— Always burns, never tans
Type II (scores 7–13)
White; fair; blond or red hair; blue, green, or hazel eyes
— Usually burns, tans minimally
Type III (scores 14–20)
Cream white; fair with any hair or eye color; quite common
— Sometimes mild burn, tans uniformly
Type IV (scores 21–27)
Moderate brown; typical Mediterranean skin tone
— Rarely burns, always tans well
Type V (scores 28–34)
Dark brown; Middle Eastern skin types
— Very rarely burns, tans very easily
Type VI (scores 35+)
Deeply pigmented dark brown to black
— Never burns, tans very easily
- Fabbrocini G, De Vita V, Monfrecola A, De Padova MP, Brazzini B, Teixeira F, Chu A. Percutaneous collagen induction: an effective and safe treatment for post-acne scarring in different skin phototypes. J Dermatolog Treat. 2014 Apr;25(2):147-52. doi: 10.3109/09546634.2012.742949. Epub 2012 Dec 8.
- Fabbrocini G, De Vita V, Monfrecola A, De Padova MP, Brazzini B, Teixeira F, Chu A. Percutaneous collagen induction: an effective and safe treatment for post-acne scarring in different skin phototypes. J Dermatolog Treat. 2014 Apr;25(2):147-52.
- Dogra S, Yadav S, Sarangal R. Microneedling for acne scars in Asian skin type: an effective low cost treatment modality. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2014 Sep;13(3):180-7.
- He SY, McCulloch CE, Boscardin WJ, Chren MM, Linos E, Arron ST. Self-reported pigmentary phenotypes and race are significant but incomplete predictors of Fitzpatrick skin phototype in an ethnically diverse population. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 Oct;71(4):731-7.
- Pichon LC, Landrine H, Corral I, Hao Y, Mayer JA, Hoerster KD. Measuring skin cancer risk in African Americans: is the Fitzpatrick Skin Type Classification Scale culturally sensitive? Ethn Dis. 2010 Spring;20(2):174-9.