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You can use your phone to check what’s wrong with your skin

La Roche Posay is all about minimalist formulas that help sensitive skin. And now in addition to all the products in their arsenal, they’ve gone tech.

Using your phone, you can scan your face for imperfections and acne and the system will tell you what’s up. And what you need to do.

It’s called the La Roche Posay Effaclar Spot Scan and is a diagnostic tool accessible from their website using a smartphone has been developed with the help of leading dermatologists to support people with acne-prone skin, accurately diagnosing pimples, blackheads and pigmented marks to provide an acne grade, personalising product solutions and enabling guided follow up.

Why? They wanted to be the people who are the go-to for bodgy skin. Research shows that 80 per cent of teenagers and 40 per cent of adults worldwide are affected by acne in their lifetimes1, with a disturbing 97 per cent of acne sufferers reporting a reduced quality of life2. In addition, 600 million Google searches are made per year by people seeking acne solutions3 – reinforcing La Roche-Posay’s mission to continually strive to meet consumer demand, and provide accessible and educational skincare tools.

They made it using input from a team of five dermatologists and three expert clinical research organisations from around the world who analysed more than 6,000 images of men and women representing different ethnicities, skin types and levels of acne severity.

The collated data was provided to La Roche-Posay’s scientific direction and artificial intelligence development teams, to build an algorithm that would reach an accuracy level comparable to that of dermatologists’ face-to-face evaluations.

The results? Well, it’s different for everyone, so get the tech from the website and try it for yourself.

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