New acne tracker will be launched


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  • Thursday, 31 Oct 2013

Now you can keep those blemishes in check.

For anyone struggling with acne, a new quantified-self skin scanner and app can help you track your treatment and predict breakouts.

Announced at this week’s TechCrunch tech conference Disrupt Europe in Berlin, ScanZ is a palm-size app-connected skin scanner that lets users know when a pimple will likely go away and how to make that happen as fast as possible – it also predicts future breakouts, the company claims.

Developed by a company called mySkin, ScanZ has just launched as an Indiegogo campaign to raise US$150,000 (RM474,225) to perfect its prototype and eventually bring the product to market. MySkin expects to deliver its first ScanZ devices in May next year, with a retail price of US$249 (RM787).

Reported in TechCrunch, the app works by tracking your diet and what types of cleaning products you use, as well as analysing images of your skin, to offer a list of recommended steps to help control breakouts. To track your skin, users scan their face with a device that takes transdermal images of the skin surface, which then transmits the data to an app. Using “acne algorithms,” based on the Mayo Clinic Algorithms, ScanZ can then offer personalised tips – and the more you use it, the better it understands your skin. TechCrunch reports that users committed to following the regimen could see their blemishes clear up more quickly.

While there are a slew of acne-tracking apps available, the US Federal Trade Commission has filed settlements against two app makers, DermApps and Acne Pwner, for false claims that their products eradicate blemishes. – AFP Relaxnews

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