SPOT THE DIFFERENCE
THE BIG IDEA: Effaclar Spotscan: a blemish-scanning app by La Roche-Posay, launching April 2019.
WHY IT SOUNDS EXCITING: Feel a corker of a spot coming on? Snap a picture of it on your iPhone and an algorithm based on data from more than 7,000 images of acne-prone skin (gathered and rated by dermatologists) will either recommend a course of products or refer you to an expert.
WHAT IT ACTUALLY DOES: The spot-scanner rates your breakout on a scale of one (least severe) to five (most severe), providing either a list of, you guessed it, La Roche-Posay products, or a phone number for a local dermatologist.
WORTH IT? The app is free, but it’s run by skincare brand La RochePosay, so this app is largely a productselling exercise, which could limit your progress with some skin concerns. And Dr Tonks warns,“Be careful that these apps don’t misdiagnose or miss any serious issues, like skin cancers. If you’re ever in doubt, visit a dermatologist. But apps like this might help raise awareness and diagnose basic concerns for those of us with minor issues.” Now, is that a rice crispy or a spot on my chin?