Skin of Color Skin Care Needs: Results of a Multi-Center-Based Survey

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Journal of drugs in dermatology


Targeted marketing and media may serve as potential sources of health information for consumers, influencing knowledge, practices, perception, and utilization of health care services. In addition to this vulnerable consumerism, there are barriers to healthy consumerism including exposure to different sources or lack thereof, lack of knowledge, inadequate transportation, or proximity to stores, cost, and marketing of products that are not suitable for all skin types. We conducted a multi-center “Skin of Color Skin Care Needs” survey to characterize the skin care practices, concerns, and habits of both persons of color and non-Hispanic whites to evaluate barriers and influences on product choice and behaviors in these populations. One hundred and twenty-one respondents (74%) self-identified as a nonwhite racial group, while 31 respondents (19%) self-identified as non-Hispanic white. The top skincare concerns in the skin of color population were acne and blemishes (40%), dry skin (32%), and pigmentation/dark spots (26%). In the non-Hispanic white population, the top concerns were fine lines and wrinkles (42%), followed by acne and blemishes (39%), and dry skin (26%). When questioned about barriers respondents faced in discovering and using dermatologic products, SOC respondents were more likely to cite lack of available products for their skin type (11%), as compared to white respondents (0%). Skin of color respondents identified internet (42%) and social media (29%) as major sources of information regarding dermatologic products as compared to white respondents (26% and 13%, respectively). Health care disparities can be heightened by targeted marketing and the media, which have a major impact on patient health literacy and consumer choices. Dermatologists should be aware of this impact in order to address the knowledge gaps, minimize bias, and increase inclusivity for all skin types.

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Acne Vulgaris; Humans; Racial Groups; Skin Care; Skin Pigmentation; Surveys and Questionnaires

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