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Using Data And Wearables To Control Acne?

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With the rise of wearable technology and the whole quantified-self movement, I've become increasingly interested in the idea of using data to improve one's health. I know this is nothing new - maintaining an acne log, essentially - but I think these new tools have the potential to offer greater insight. Currently, however, I know of no such wearable/app/resource that allows one to track a manually-specified variable (i.e. the state of one's skin) in comparison to diet, sleep, and physical activity. I know the Jawbone Up provides the ability to track one's mood, which I guess could instead be used as a rating for one's skin on a particular day, and then compared with eating, sleep, and activity patterns. Does anyone currently use or know of such tools, and if so, have they been helpful?

I came across one concept that seemed interesting though limited and not quite what I'm looking for. It's a skin imaging device that connects to a smartphone and allows users to assess and track the severity of their skin. But the idea of photographing your skin just to have a sensor tell you that you have a bad zit doesn't seem all that useful. Plus it seems as if there's no ability to track your acne and correlate it with other factors that may play a role in your the quality of your skin.

http://www.medgadget.com/2013/11/scanz-mobile-acne-scanner-helps-teens-track-zits.html


Current Health Strategy

Supplements: Vitamin D3, krill oil, zinc, and comprehensive detox protocol by Bio-Botanical Research. 

Diet: 100% paleo since circa 2014. Recently began including grass-fed liver; bone broth; fermented foods; and more greens into my diet. I cannot stress enough that healing your gut is critical to overcoming acne and all other related health issues. Sleep, exercise, stress management, and social interaction are also very important.

Status as of 04/15/2016: Renu 28 honestly seems to have helped my skin. Usually I am very skeptical of topical treatments because acne is the result of hidden internal stressors (hormones, gut bacteria, food sensitivities, blood sugar response, etc.) but this seems to have provided some level of relief.


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