To develop a deeper understanding of your skin, the Skin and Nutrition Clinic has invested in a cutting-edge Skin Analyser, which visualizes the skin’s microstructure and provides full skin analysis on a level that was previously only available at top research institutes.
This painless, non-invasive procedure is performed by non-invasively collecting samples of the upper layer of your skin on an adhesive pad, which is then measured through the Skin Analyser for skin desquamation (the shedding of the outermost layer of the skin) using an advanced, specially-adapted microscopy camera together with pioneering software. This automatically analyses the skin’s dryness, oiliness, elasticity and level of irritation, aiding diagnosis of any skin condition by tracing the skin’s structural irregularities.
Why use a Skin Analyser?
Scientific studies have found that determining the skin’s level of dryness, oiliness and elasticity is something that not even experienced dermatologists are able to perform reliably; in 40% of all cases where dermatologists determined the skin to be in a normal state, the result had to be rectified. It is therefore essential to use an objective skin analysis system to reliably determine the skin’s state. This can also provide invaluable insight into the effectiveness of skin treatments and skincare products, for example by indicating that products with too high lipid content are being used.
How does the Skin Analyser work?
A special adhesive pad is gently applied to the skin, which removes a thin layer of skin scales. A picture of the pad is taken using a microscopy camera and then analysed through the innovative Skin Analyser computer program. After a few seconds, the analysis is completed and the result is immediately available on the screen.
The skin analysis results are colour-coded: Blue colour shows areas without scaling, green demonstrates low scaling and dryness and yellow and red signify areas with several flakes and extreme dryness, highlighting potentially diseased skin regions. The total result of the skin analysis, the desquamation index, is indicated. Possible values are between 0 (no scaling) and 100 (extremely dry skin). Normal skin will produce a few small clumps of cells or a fine, even, single layer of cells (desquamation index 0 – 40); dry skin will produce a considerable amount of scaling (desquamation index 25 – 75); very dry skin will produce a heavy amount of scaling (desquamation index 60 – 100). Repeated measurements will lead to a valid evaluation.