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Fitzpatrick Skin Type III

People with skin type III have sensitive skin and although their skin is still white, it is slightly darker than those with skin types I and II. Their skin sometimes burns and may tan to a light bronze, but their risk for skin cancer remains higher than average. Skin Type III individuals are also susceptible to basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. These skin types are therefore advised to take care, use sunscreen and protect themselves from harmful UV rays as extreme sun exposure can result in serious damage, premature ageing and as mentioned earlier life threatening skin cancers, including melanoma.

Skin Type III individuals are conducive to the usual aesthetic treatments and most treatments can safely be done without the danger of adverse side effects such as hyper- or hypopigmentation occurring.

Aggressive Ablative resurfacing treatments (not done at Sinclair Aesthetics) such CO 2 laser , Erbium Yag laser and Phenol peels can result in permanent hypopigmentation (whitish skin that has lost its pigmentation) and should be avoided.

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