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Spruce: The app that claims to stop acne

4th November 2014

Over the centuries, people have tried a variety of treatments to cure their acne problems. It's fair to say that people have tried almost everything; starting back in medieval times when questionable herbal remedies and unpleasant concoctions were popular to home remedies like homemade acne facial oil.

There are so many “cures” out there that you couldn't possibly list them all. That being said, Ray Bradford, CEO of Spruce Health has revealed “Spruce”; a new app that offers the opportunity to receive the most appropriate acne treatment from your smart phone. Those long waits at the doctors to get a diagnosis can now be skipped with this simple app.

How does it work?

Once you have downloaded the app from your phone's app store you are prompted to create an account. Then, the app will ask you to take a picture of yourself, answer some medical questions and then state any personal questions and concerns you have regarding your skin.

After this, you will be asked to select your preferred chemist where you intend to go to in order to collect your prescription. All your answers and questions will then be analysed by a doctor who will compile the best remedy for your case and if medication is needed, sends you a prescription that you can then pick up from your preferred chemist.

Given all the attempts at curing acne across the ages, it seems only fair that in the digital age, a digital remedy is proposed. Spruce sheds light on a greater step towards telemedicine and how it seems like there is an app for everything.

However, it is important to bear in mind that the simple gesture of taking a picture of yourself will probably not be as effective as a face-to-face consultation with a skin specialist.

In order to obtain the best medical treatment for your skin, it is highly recommended to visit your GP or a qualified dermatologist. Without this you may be unaware of treatments that could change your life.

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