New app is like having a dermatologist in your pocket

If you’re part of the 80 per cent of teens or 40 per cent of adults affected by acne, you’ll know it’s hard to determine whether your breakout is more than just a reaction to overindulging on the weekend, or something more serious. But, instead of running straight for professional help at the first sign of a spot, you can now diagnose your skin through your phone, on the comfort of your couch – for free. Yep, the future of skin analysis is here and it means you may be able to skip an unnecessary, expensive and time consuming trip to the dermatologist, or save yourself (and your skin) from buying products that aren’t right for your complexion.

Developed with a team of five dermatologists and three expert clinical research organisations, La Roche-Posay’s new Effaclar Spotscan web app is the world’s first acne diagnosis tool powered by artificial intelligence. If you think it sounds super techy, you’re be right. The acne analysis tool uses a specialised algorithm that analyses an inbuilt database of 6,000 facial photos of men and women with different ethnicities, skin types and acne – from pimples and blackheads to larger cysts, and compares them to photos of your own face.

According to Guive Balooch, Global Vice President of L’Oréal’s Technology Incubator, the app is all about a personalised approach to skincare.

“It provides consumers with personalised recommendations. This service is about getting each person the right acne diagnosis, the right information and the right routine for effective results and better skin health.”

It wasn’t created to replace seeking professional advice; in fact, the tool uses the global acne evaluation scale to determine your ‘acne grade’ from 0 to 4+. If you get a grade of 2 or above, you’re advised to see a dermatologist. If you’re below 2, it will outline a personalised routine with specific skin care tips. It’s also a great way to track your skin. The Skin Diary feature allows you to take and store photos so you can see your progress. So get snapping!