Skin subtype categorization based on a new questionnaire for Korean women

Byeong Jin Park, Jeong Eun Kim, Joo Yeon Ko, Myoung Shin Kim, Eun Joo Park, Ga Young Lee, Jong Hee Lee, Jung Im Na, Sung Eun Chang

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Background: Several terms have been used to characterize skin types. However, these are not based on evident dermatologic definitions, which usually include subjective and psychological properties. Objective: The objective of this study is to establish a new practical questionnaire to classify skin subtypes in Korean women to establish treatment and skin care guidance. Methods: Eight experts developed consensus statements about skin types and created a questionnaire. The content was categorized into four major subtypes: dry or non-dry; oily or nonoily; sensitive or nonsensitive; and pigmented or nonpigmented. A total of 512 patients completed the questionnaire. Correlations with age, skin Fitzpatrick’s phototypes, and dermatologic comorbidities were analyzed. Results: Korean women commonly have oily skin but complain of dryness after cleansing. They are especially sensitive to skin care products and prone to developing pigmentary lesions. There was a trend in the proportion of dry skin subtype that increased as pigmented skin increased and oily skin decreased with advanced age. The proportion of sensitive skin was higher in patients with dermatologic comorbidities. The proportion of the pigmented skin was higher in darker Fitzpatrick skin phototypes. Conclusion: This is the first questionnaire established for Korean women to classify practical skin subtypes and may provide a basis for treating various skin conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-32
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2019 Jan 2


  • Korean
  • Skin subtype
  • questionnaire

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