SPOT THE DIF­FER­ENCE

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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?

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