Korean J Dermatol.  2019 Aug;57(7):371-377.

A Survey on Behavior Regarding Cosmetics Use of Teenagers in Western Gyeongnam Province

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Gyeongsang National University Changwon Hospital, Changwon, Korea. lovettol05@naver.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND
Many students are interested in their appearance and express a strong concern about cosmetics use. However, few studies have reported on cosmetics use in teenagers visiting dermatologic clinics. Recently, there was a report on consumer's behavior regarding cosmetics in Korea, so we attempted to assess this behavior in our clinics.
OBJECTIVE
This study aimed to assess behavior regarding cosmetics use in teenagers.
METHODS
We conducted a questionnaire survey with 26 questions concerning cosmetics use behavior of teenagers who visited dermatologic clinics and participated in the campaign program. The questionnaire consisted of basic information about the type of cosmetics most frequently used.
RESULTS
A total of 269 individuals participated in our survey, consisting of 118 men (43.9%) and 151 women (56.1%). Most participants (92.2%) used cosmetics. The most frequently used skin care and makeup product was sun cream (81.5%) and lip balm/gloss (40.7%). Most participants (80.2%) responded that they use cosmetics daily. This result shows that cosmetics use is common among teenagers. The common influences of starting cosmetics use are friends and neighbors. Teenagers used cosmetics mainly for cosmetic purpose (42.3%), followed by increasing self-regard (35.9%) and improving skin status (19.4%). Seventy-eight teenagers (31.5%) developed side effects after using cosmetics. The most common side effects were contact dermatitis (78.4%).
CONCLUSION
This study found that teenagers are becoming a rising consumer in the cosmetics industry. Therefore, we suggest that dermatologist should provide teenagers with appropriate education and management on cosmetics use.

Keyword

Cosmetics; Survey; Teenager; Western Gyeongnam

MeSH Terms

Adolescent*
Dermatitis, Contact
Education
Female
Friends
Humans
Korea
Lip
Male
Skin
Skin Care
Solar System
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