Skin checking app Miiskin has become the first app to receive accreditation from global independent dermatological accreditor, Skin Health Alliance.
The Skin Health Alliance awards professional dermatological accreditation to products and services around the world to help consumers feel confident that products and services have been independently verified as skin safe.
The Miiskin app aims to help users track their skin and mole changes over time by using photos to create a snapshot of the skin’s appearance as well as skin checking reminders. The founder of the app, Jon Friis, claims that it can assist in early detection of skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the UK.
“After our dermatologist’s review of the Miiskin app we are delighted to be able to approve such an app for the very first time,” Matthew Patey, managing director of the Skin Health Alliance, said. He added, “Regular self-examination of skin and moles as championed by Miiskin can have a beneficial effect in the early detection of changes, and it is recommended by leading experts. Miiskin correctly advocate checking any worrying changes with a qualified dermatologist and do not attempt to diagnose skin cancer through the app. This can be the only sensible approach at the present time.”
Professor Chris Bunker, former president of the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) and consultant dermatologist at University College London Hospital, conducted the assessment of Miiskin. He said, “It’s important to stay vigilant in paying attention to changes in moles and marks on skin. People should regularly examine their skin to track any changes, use photos to keep records of the skin’s appearance and show these photos to their doctor if worrying changes are seen. Miiskin offers a sensible solution to facilitate this approach.”
Friis added that he is delighted to receive the Skin Health Alliance accreditation. “Skin Health Alliance’s credibility with consumers and network of dermatologists, coupled with our approach to education and changing people’s behaviour, will prove to be a potent partnership in our fight against skin cancer.”