Ann Dermatol.  2020 Oct;32(5):375-382. 10.5021/ad.2020.32.5.375.

Perceptions and Behavior Regarding Skin Health and Skin Care Products: Analysis of the Questionnaires for the Visitors of Skin Health Expo 2018

  • 1Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Korea
  • 2Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine, Kyunghee University, Korea
  • 3Department of Dermatology, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 4Department of Dermatology, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Bucheon, Korea
  • 5Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Biology Research Institute, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 6Department of Dermatology, CHA University College of Medicine, Seongnam, Korea
  • 7Department of Dermatology, National Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 8Yonsei Star Skin and Laser Clinic, Seoul, Korea
  • 9Department of Dermatology, Hallym University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 10CNP Skin Clinic, Seongnam, Korea
  • 11Department of Dermatology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Korea
  • 12Department of Dermatology, Konkuk University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea


Social standards for skin health have changed and have led to a rise in the general population’s interest to achieve flawless skin.
To survey the Korean public’s perception of skin health and dermatologists and skinhealth-related behaviors.
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.
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.
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.


Dermatologists; Public perception; Skin health
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