Assess your skin age and apparent likelihood to get rosacea

Written by on March 3, 2010 in in the news with 0 Comments


A recent article from ABC7 featuring a skin analysis tool called VISIA Complexion Analysis System. The article suggests that the system uses multiple measures, including a porphyrin count to predict how likely a person is to get acne or rosacea. The system also gives a measure of the `skin age’ of an individual.

The VISIA Complexion Analysis web site lists the six key factors assessed as

  • wrinkle
  • spots
  • pore size
  • skin tone variations
  • bacterial content
  • UV spots that indicate sun damage

It would be interesting to see whether there is any research available linking the prevalence of porphyrin and the incidence of rosacea. It might be possible that sun damage is linked to rosacea in some individuals so this tool could have some use. It is a nice idea to be able to predict if someone is likely to develop rosacea, but I do have to wonder if such a tool could be as simple as the one featured here.

As a related noted, a rare but painful disease  known as Erythropoietic Protoporphyria (EPP) is caused by a build up of protoporphyrin in the skin. Exposure to the sun causes these molecules to be phototoxic.

The VISIA skin analysis consultation is free, with doctors hoping to offer you treatments like dermal fillers or laser treatments to reduce the visible signs of skin ageing.

The related video ends with advice to cover up outside, wear sunscreen etc. This is good advice even if you aren’t worried about your apparent skin age getting ahead of your real age.

New system shows your skin’s true age

Monday, March 01, 2010

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (KABC) — With every birthday, you become all too aware of your chronological age. But your skin age might have a different number. Is your skin aging prematurely? Take a look at a machine that helps doctors predict what the future holds for your face.

"This type of machine shows us a lot more detailed specifications of aging," said Dr. Ourian. "I can find out if a person’s pores are getting to be too large, which actually shows me if their skin is losing its elasticity."

It’s called the VISIA Complexion Analysis System, and it sees the beginnings of fine wrinkles, UV-ray damage and discoloration. It takes a porphyrin count to predict how likely a person is to get acne or rosacea.

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