Skinscope LED Explained
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.
- Enhances diagnosis and treatment recommendations
- Encourages follow-up engagement through smartphone photography
- Helps track patient progress
The Science Of Fluorescence Technology.
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 colour. Other compounds “excite” follicular fluorescence in the skin. Changing the wavelength to colours visible to the human eyes. Based on the visible shades that are reflected back from the skin, characteristic diagnosis can be made.
Compounds In Skin Convert Shortwave Light Into Longwave Visible Light.
Skinscope Diagnostic Modes.
While some skin concerns and imperfections are visible in everyday light. Some will only be visible under UV light, which highlights damage beneath the skin’s surface by detecting skin’s fluorescence. The SkinScope LED has two light modes. Simulated Daylight mode, for reviewing visible skin conditions and concerns, and a LED-UV light mode for reviewing skin fluorescence (emitted at 320- 365nm). Both lights are produced by solid-state UV emitters dispersed by six polished chrome mirrors.
DAYLIGHT, The simulated Daylight mode allows for the clear illumination of ‘visible’ concerns to the patient and skincare professional. The diagnostic advisor can pinpoint what concerns the patient has. Highlighting areas of redness, irritation, visible dryness, oiliness, wrinkles, and pigmentation.
LED-UV 320-365nm, The LED-UV mode illuminates sub-surface imperfections visualized by the fluorescence of the skin. This brings to life concerns that may be faintly visible in daylight but are acutely emphasized under UV light. Healthy skin reflects back UV light creating a blue glow. Melanin in the skin absorbs the light showing as dark spots on the surface of the face. Similarly, congested pores give off pink or orange fluorescence. Oily skin is visible in a yellow color, and dry flaky skin shines as bright white fluorescence. Large patches of darker blue indicate areas of thinner, dehydrated skin.