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Evaluation of facial skin type by sebum secretion: discrepancies between subjective descriptions and sebum secretion.
Skin Res Technol 2002; 8(3):168-72SR

Abstract

BACKGROUND/AIMS

Facial skin is usually classified as dry, normal, and oily in the cosmetics field. However, there is no standard objective method for classifying facial skin.

METHODS

We measured sebum excretion with Sebumeter at four sites on the face. Based on the amount of sebum secretion, we reclassified skin type according to the guidelines provided by the manufacturer. The mean of sebum excretion (mean facial sebum excretion; MFSE) was also calculated.

RESULTS

People secrete varying amounts of sebum at different skin sites. Reclassification of skin type based on sebum secretion revealed that most participants underestimated the amount of facial sebum excretion. When sebum secretion amounts were compared, a statistically significant difference was apparent between the oily and dry skin types. However, there were no statistical differences between oily and normal, and normal and dry skin.

CONCLUSION

We showed that subjective skin type does not match the amount of sebum secreted. Thus, this simple and subjective classification is of very limited use and it should be re-evaluated by using an objective and standardized measuring tool.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Dermatology, Seoul National University, College of Medicine, 28 Yongon-dong, Chongno-gu, Seoul 110-744, Korea.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12236886

Citation

Youn, Sang Woong, et al. "Evaluation of Facial Skin Type By Sebum Secretion: Discrepancies Between Subjective Descriptions and Sebum Secretion." Skin Research and Technology : Official Journal of International Society for Bioengineering and the Skin (ISBS) [and] International Society for Digital Imaging of Skin (ISDIS) [and] International Society for Skin Imaging (ISSI), vol. 8, no. 3, 2002, pp. 168-72.
Youn SW, Kim SJ, Hwang IA, et al. Evaluation of facial skin type by sebum secretion: discrepancies between subjective descriptions and sebum secretion. Skin Res Technol. 2002;8(3):168-72.
Youn, S. W., Kim, S. J., Hwang, I. A., & Park, K. C. (2002). Evaluation of facial skin type by sebum secretion: discrepancies between subjective descriptions and sebum secretion. Skin Research and Technology : Official Journal of International Society for Bioengineering and the Skin (ISBS) [and] International Society for Digital Imaging of Skin (ISDIS) [and] International Society for Skin Imaging (ISSI), 8(3), pp. 168-72.
Youn SW, et al. Evaluation of Facial Skin Type By Sebum Secretion: Discrepancies Between Subjective Descriptions and Sebum Secretion. Skin Res Technol. 2002;8(3):168-72. PubMed PMID: 12236886.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Evaluation of facial skin type by sebum secretion: discrepancies between subjective descriptions and sebum secretion. AU - Youn,Sang Woong, AU - Kim,Soo Jung, AU - Hwang,In A, AU - Park,Kyoung Chan, PY - 2002/9/19/pubmed PY - 2003/4/29/medline PY - 2002/9/19/entrez SP - 168 EP - 72 JF - Skin research and technology : official journal of International Society for Bioengineering and the Skin (ISBS) [and] International Society for Digital Imaging of Skin (ISDIS) [and] International Society for Skin Imaging (ISSI) JO - Skin Res Technol VL - 8 IS - 3 N2 - BACKGROUND/AIMS: Facial skin is usually classified as dry, normal, and oily in the cosmetics field. However, there is no standard objective method for classifying facial skin. METHODS: We measured sebum excretion with Sebumeter at four sites on the face. Based on the amount of sebum secretion, we reclassified skin type according to the guidelines provided by the manufacturer. The mean of sebum excretion (mean facial sebum excretion; MFSE) was also calculated. RESULTS: People secrete varying amounts of sebum at different skin sites. Reclassification of skin type based on sebum secretion revealed that most participants underestimated the amount of facial sebum excretion. When sebum secretion amounts were compared, a statistically significant difference was apparent between the oily and dry skin types. However, there were no statistical differences between oily and normal, and normal and dry skin. CONCLUSION: We showed that subjective skin type does not match the amount of sebum secreted. Thus, this simple and subjective classification is of very limited use and it should be re-evaluated by using an objective and standardized measuring tool. SN - 0909-752X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/12236886/Evaluation_of_facial_skin_type_by_sebum_secretion:_discrepancies_between_subjective_descriptions_and_sebum_secretion_ L2 - https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/openurl?genre=article&sid=nlm:pubmed&issn=0909-752X&date=2002&volume=8&issue=3&spage=168 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -