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This Apple Watch app keeps you updated on your weird moles

Stop trying to take a picture of your back with your iPhone.


Jam Kotenko


Posted on Apr 22, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 12:34 am CDT

If you ordered an Apple Watch earlier this month, the anticipation over actually getting it is mounting. After trying it on and learning the ins and outs of the digital crown, there is the logical next step: downloading your first apps. And if the aforementioned anticipation took a toll on your skin, then we may have found your first download. 

ModiFace, the makers of the magic mirror that lets you test thousands of makeup looks before you actually apply any products, has come out with Skin, an iOS app that lets you scan hard-to-see areas of your body, all in the name of better skin health management. It now has an Apple Watch component that lets you view the scan as well as the compilation of results on your brand-new gadget.


Using your iPhone as scanning a device, you will be able to take up-close video footage of your skin on any part of the body, particularly the areas that cannot be seen by the eye, such as the back or the nape of the neck. Through the footage, the app then assesses the dryness of the skin by evaluating the flakiness, redness, and amount of texture on the screen. The app combines all these factors and produces a skin dryness score, on a scale of zero to 10.

“There are two primary goals that we are aiming for with the Skin app.  First, we believe an app that allows you to scan any part of your body while providing a real-time camera view on a watch would be very useful,” said Dr. Parham Aarabi, Founder and CEO of ModiFace. “Second, monitoring skin-health and tracking over time is extremely important.”

It’s important to note that the scans and visualizations produced by Skin are merely for educational purposes only. It will not yield you diagnoses of skin ailments you might have; for that, you will actually need to consult a qualified physician or dermatologist.

The whole point of Skin is to help you monitor changes in your epidermis to keep you religious with your skin care regimen. You will also have to use the app on a regular basis for the evaluation of those changes to be more accurate. Through your Apple Watch, you can create a profile, visualize your progress, and read a full report on your Skin readings.


Although the app in its current form can only conduct readings using a few qualifiers, Aarabi told the Daily Dot that the company is working on adding many more. “We need to make sure that we can assess parameters accurately, and currently our validation has only been done for the texture, redness, and flakiness of the skin,” she explained. “In time, we can use this data to better provide skin care recommendations by analyzing the impact of (other) parameters, such as weather and location on overall skin health.”

Photo via Iwan Gabovitch/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Apr 22, 2015, 10:00 am CDT