Perceptions and behavior regarding skin health and skin care products: Analysis of the questionnaires for the visitors of skin health expo 2018

Young Bok Lee, Min Kyung Shin, Joung Soo Kim, Young Lip Park, Sang Ho Oh, Dong Hyun Kim, Ji Young Ahn, Sang Ju Lee, Hye One Kim, Sang Seok Kim, Hyun Jeong Lee, Mi Woo Lee, Yang Won Lee, Mi Youn Park

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Background: Social standards for skin health have changed and have led to a rise in the general population's interest to achieve flawless skin. Objective: To survey the Korean public's perception of skin health and dermatologists and skinhealth- related behaviors. Methods: A total of 355 participants of the Skin Health Expo 2018, held by the Dermatological Research Foundation of the Korean Dermatological Association from September 14 to 16, 2018, completed a questionnaire that assessed demographics, status, and behaviors regarding skin health. The questionnaire also included lifestyle characteristics, satisfaction, behavioral factors, and perceptions regarding skin-care products. Results: Participants were using various skin-care products including toners, lotions, hydrating or nutrition creams, sunscreens, essences, serums, facial masks and packs, body, hand, and foot moisturizers, eye creams, and hair products. The participants believed that the most reliable source of information on skin-care product recommendations was the dermatologist (41.55%). However, purchases were also being made at skin-care product stores (27.64%) based on the recommendation of a friend or acquaintance (40.11%). The results also revealed that 23.8% of participants experienced side effects from using skin-care and cosmetic products, and about 40% of participants could not yet distinguish hospitals run by dermatologists. Conclusion: Demand for skin-care products has been increasing, and dermatologists should provide proper information about skin health to prevent adverse effects from skin-care products. Educational and informative activities, such as the expo planned by dermatologists, are necessary to improve skin health in the general population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-382
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of Dermatology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Oct

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  • Dermatology


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