While some skin conditions are visible in everyday light, some are only visible under UV light which highlights sub-surface skin damage.
The Skinscope LED is designed to help assess patients’ skin through the use of two light modes: a simulated daylight mode for reviewing visible concerns, and a LED-UV light mode for identifying underlying damage.
The benefits are clear:
- Enhances diagnosis and treatment recommendations
- Encourages follow-up engagement through smartphone photography
- Helps track patient progress
Allows for the clear illumination of visible skin concerns, including:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Uneven skin tone
- Redness, blotchiness, flushing
- Oily, acneic skin
LED-UV light detects fluorescence in skin for clearer identification of skin concerns and conditions not visible in everyday light. While healthy skin reflects back UV light creating a blue glow, the existence of unwanted pigmentation, poor desquamation, dehydration, congested pores, and skin oiliness is reflected in a variety of fluorescent shades.
- Pale Blue: Normal and healthy skin
- White: Dead skin cells
- Dark Blue: Thinner, dehydrated skin
- Brown: Pigmentation and dark spots
- Yellow: Oily areas of the face
- Dark Pink or Orange: Congested pores and comedones*
*Yellow, orange, or dark pink will often show as small dots (or pinpricks of light) on the face
Fluorescence is caused when one radiation wavelength is absorbed by a compound which is reflected back at a different wavelength. Certain compounds excite electrons in molecules that change the wavelength energy such that it converts from shortwave UV light to longer wave visible light.
When a specific range of UV light (320-365nm) illuminates skin, it reacts in different ways based on what it comes in contact with. Melanin absorbs the light showing as an absence of color, but other compounds “excite” follicular fluorescence in the skin, changing the wavelength to colors visible to the human eyes. Based on the visible shades that are reflected back from the skin, characteristic diagnosis can be made.