Dermatologist Professor Brigitte Dreno, Head of Department of Dermato-Cancerology CHU Nantes, France, worked with La Roche Posay to develop the Effacalr Spotscan app. Read on to find out why Dr Dreno believes the Spotscan app is set to transform the way we look at problem skin.
Professor Brigitte Dreno says:-
1. Early management of acne can help prevent scarring
“Acne is a chronic inflammatory condition that strongly impacts a patient’s quality of life on a daily basis. It can also have a long-lasting impact on skin in the form of scars. Patients, most often teenagers, delay in consulting a doctor and choose inappropriate treatments or adopt habits that lead to scars. It is therefore important to manage acne as soon as possible in order to prevent these habits and provide appropriate therapeutic education to encourage adherence to treatment.”
2. Effaclar Spotscan
“We have developed an algorithm with La Roche Posay, based on the latest artificial intelligence (A.I.) technology. Effaclar Spotscan is an evaluation service that aims to educate the patient on the right habits for blemish prone skin and more importantly to refer them to see a dermatological professional when necessary.”
3. An accurate evaluation tool
“This algorithm, developed using a database consisting of photos from several thousand patients, covers all phototypes and severities of acne.”
4. Giving patients power
“From 1 front and 2 side pictures taken by the patient, Effaclar Spotscan is able to:
- Evaluate the acne severity to an assessed scale, then refer patients to dermatologists when necessary.
- Store the pictures on the patient’s phone
- The patient will be able to visualize the results obtained resulting from the treatment, which naturally aims to motivate them to follow our recommendations.”
5. A helpful aid for dermatologists
“For us dermatologists, this algorithm will be useful in 3 different ways:
- It will help us alert patients and explain to them the importance of consulting a dermatologist as soon as possible in order to avoid scars.
- It will recommend a consultation with a dermatologist to patients who may not otherwise have had the idea.
- It will help us to avoid cases of mild acne, which do not always require therapeutic management from a dermatologist allowing us to focus on moderate to severe cases."