Rosacea tracking app needs testing

Written by on August 18, 2016 in research with 0 Comments


Davis Buls is looking for rosacea sufferers who are willing to help him test his rosacea app. The app allows tracking of rosacea state, food, stress and exercise levels, with the idea that rosacea triggers can be easily identified.

In order to use the app, you will need a (free) FitBit account, but don’t have to have a FitBit device.

Rosacea trigger app – a prototype to test


I posted a short survey (A short survey to inform Rosacea app development) online about 2 months ago asking for people’s opinion on what would be a useful app for tracking Rosacea flare-ups and triggers. After consulting the survey results, I have created a small prototype that is now available online. It is currently in the testing phase and I am looking for people to use it for up to 7 days and give me feedback on how appropriate/useful it is.

The app is being developed as part of my MSc Information Technology master’s thesis at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. The app tracks the foods you eat and your rosacea states, as well your stress and exercise levels. It then relates the foods with your rosacea scores and indicates which of them might be associated with your rosacea flare-ups. It also presents an interactive timeline of your data and allows you to relate your rosacea intensity with foods, stress and exercise levels on any given day.

The app requires you to use FitBit’s food diary. If you are not a FitBit user, you can easily sign up for a free account on their website ( You do not need to own a FitBit device to do that. Food on FitBit can be logged either via their web or mobile app (Android, iOS or Windows), or both.

The rosacea app to test is available at:

To start using it, you need to first register by choosing a username and a password. The first time you log in, you will be presented with a consent form stating the purpose of the field test of the app. After consenting, you will be in the app and can start using it. The first step is to authorise access to your FitBit account (under ‘FitBit’ tab). Then you can start logging foods you eat and your rosacea scores, and the app should do the rest.

If you have any questions, please email me at


Note: you can try the app even if you don’t plan to take part in the research although feedback is very important to complete my thesis and I would be very grateful for any of your input regarding the app’s usability etc.

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About the Author: David Pascoe started the Rosacea Support Group in October 1998. .

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