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When 6 out of every 10 people think of the skin, the first thing that comes to mind is the face area… Only 4 out of every 10 people say that they moisturize their body… 6 Out of every 10 people determine their skin type by their own observation, and only 2 out of every 10 people consult a dermatologist to find out their skin type…All these results are the results of the ‘Turkey Skin Awareness Survey’ conducted for Bepanthol Sensidly.

Turkey Medicals, ” For more detailed information”, one of the expert names who interpreted the research is Antalya MedicalPark Hospital department Dermatologist Prof. Dr. we asked.

1- What areas of the body does the concept we call skin cover? Because we keep your skin mostly limited to our face…

Skin is actually a word synonymous with the skin, which covers the entire body and is the largest organ of the body. However, the term skin among the people is used decently to refer to the facial skin.The result of the research also shows that the proportion of those who define facial skin when defining skin type is 64 percent.

2- According to the research, it is stated that 9 out of every 10 people are emotionally affected by a skin problem. Do emotional problems affect the skin? What are the emotional and other problems caused by atopic skin?

Research shows that skin problems negatively affect 9 out of every 10 people emotionally and prevent them from socializing in 5 of them. Especially individuals with atopic or very dry skin may experience feelings such as stress, nerves, anxiety, insecurity due to physical problems related to their skin type. 74 Percent of them say that itching and dryness attacks due to dryness have an intense impact on their quality of life and sleep. Indeed, atopic skin creates a material, spiritual, physical, social, emotional and psychological burden for both the patient and the family. Dryness and, accordingly, itching reduce the quality of life; it leads to isolation from social and private life, loneliness, staying away from the workplace, anxiety and depression. Insomnia caused by itching caused by dryness during nighttime sleep can lead to drowsiness during the day, fatigue, growth retardation or lack of attention at school, especially in children. Atopic skin, which affects especially the hands, can be found in adults by 30 percent and this condition can cause disability at work. On the other hand, emotional problems and stress can cause dryness attacks on atopic skin, skin barrier damage, and a vicious cycle of dryness-itching-scratching-infection by increasing dryness-related itching.

3- What is the most common skin problem in Turkey?

The most common skin problem on the skin of the body is dryness and itching associated with it.

4- The proportion of those who describe their skin as ‘very dry or atopic’ is 6 percent… According to your clinical experience, is this really the case, or is our awareness low?

It is surprising and misleading that the word atopy is so little or misunderstood, because atopic skin affects about 20 percent of children and 10 percent of adults worldwide. In developed countries, the frequency increased 10 times between 1950 and 2000, and an epidemic of atopy almost occurred. Despite this, atopic skin awareness is still low; our people are not familiar with the terminology of ‘atopy’ and do not have information about the needs of atopic skin. 3 Out of every 4 people say that they have never heard of the concept of ‘atopic skin’ before. This shows that there are people who are moving on with their lives without realizing that they have ’atopic skin’ and not knowing what to do about it.

5- When it comes to skin care, what should be the most important routines to be done for atopic skin?

In general, it can be said that in people with atopic skin, the skin’s capacity to moisturize and lubricate itself, as well as the itching threshold on the skin, is very low. Due to the structural and functional disorder in the skin barrier, atopic skin can neither retain moisture/oil inside, nor resist microorganisms, irritants or allergens that force it inside from the outside.

Atopic skin has a dryness-itching-infection-itching-dryness vicious cycle, and the easiest way to break this vicious cycle is the use of moisturizers that reduce skin dryness and support the skin barrier. Moisturizers are the most basic step in the optimal support of atopic skin, so not using the right moisturizer can also mean that the atopic skin care process ends in failure. We want moisturizers to be used abundantly at any age, on the whole body, all the time. We recommend that they be applied to moist skin at least once, ideally twice a day, preferably within 3 minutes after a warm shower or bath.

Our skin also has a microbiological barrier, which creates a sheath that protects our skin from external factors if it is healthy, balanced and strong. Unfortunately, this microbiological barrier is also disrupted in atopic skin and the skin can be damaged due to external factors. We can say that moisturizers containing prebiotic and natural oils are advantageous moisturizers that support both the skin barrier and the microbiological barrier, like two birds with one stone.

6- Do Turkish people have a habit of using cream?

It can be said that the habit of using creams of our people varies according to the socioeconomic and cultural level and whether there is a skin disease or not. There are also superstitions among the public that oily skin does not need a moisturizer, that the use of moisturizers is habitual, and that excessive hygiene is beneficial to skin health. According to the same research, 4 out of every 10 people never moisturize their skin; that is, they do not use moisturizer.

7- How effective is social media, which is an indispensable part of our lives now, especially for young people to be dissatisfied with themselves and therefore their bodies and skin? What are your assessments on this issue?

7 Out of every 10 people care about how they look in social media posts, and one out of every 2 people uses filters to make their skin look smoother. Seeing ‘virtual beautiful skin’ on social media, newspapers, advertisements, the press, television can create a social pressure on a person that fuels the ‘desire to be liked’. Especially people with atopic skin can experience anxiety, shame, unhappiness, lack of self-confidence, introversion, feelings of restriction, feelings of entrapment, fear of judgment, hopelessness, helplessness, stress, anger, cosmetic anxiety, panic, depression and isolation for this reason. Social media pressure can also lead to avoiding private relationships.

It can be said that the most important way of social emancipation is social honesty. Especially famous people who have an impact on social media have filters, concealer makeup, etc. it is important that they discourage its use, avoid social deception and encourage honesty. Social media phenomena with atopic skin may emphasize the use of moisturizers and share their skin care rituals. However, the promotion of products / applications for monetization and advertising purposes, whose scientific effectiveness has not been proven, which are not reliable, should be controlled and, if necessary, blocked.

It should be remembered that no one is perfect. Perfectionism is a misconception/illusion that is difficult to maintain, impossible to achieve, puts you in a vicious circle, and sometimes it is part of a narcissistic tendency. The search for perfection can bring feelings of inadequacy, dissatisfaction, anxiety and unhappiness.



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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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