Skin Science
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Why You Should Use a Physical Skin Test

As our largest organ, skin is more complex than “dry” or “oily”

Meghan Maupin, CEO

CEO of Atolla

Meghan Maupin, CEO

Meg is the CEO and Co-founder of Atolla. She has a graduate degree in Engineering and Management from MIT, and previously worked in design roles at Patagonia, The MIT Design Lab, and Formlabs.

Summary

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Have you ever been using a skincare product that suddenly stops working? Or, have you ever moved to a different environment and found that your skin completely changed? This is an incredibly common experience, because your skin is an organ that is always changing. Not only do your skin cells turn over every 28-40 days, but your skin is affected by hundreds of factors, from your genetics and hormones, to your diet and even the type of water in your area. 

Health tracking is common for other aspects of our body—we track our sleep, our daily steps, even our metabolism. With the Atolla at-home skin test, tracking our skin can be simple and easy too, without ever having to send anything back to a lab.







Have you ever been using a skincare product that suddenly stops working? Or, have you ever moved to a different environment and found that your skin completely changed? This is an incredibly common experience, because your skin is an organ that is always changing. Not only do your skin cells turn over every 28-40 days, but your skin is affected by hundreds of factors, from your genetics and hormones, to your diet and even the type of water in your area. 

Health tracking is common for other aspects of our body—we track our sleep, our daily steps, even our metabolism. With the Atolla at-home skin test, tracking our skin can be simple and easy too, without ever having to send anything back to a lab.

So how does an at home Skin Test work?

The Atolla Skin Test measures 3 key indicators of your skin health: oil, moisture and pH. Because your oil and moisture levels can vary on different parts of your face, we send two of each test: one for your forehead, and one for your cheek. We send you these easy-to-use tools to track how your skin is changing, all from the comfort of your home, without needing to send anything back to us. 

Uploading an oil test result to the (Re)Assessment


Each month you get the chance to check in on these measurements. First, you open the (Re)Assessment from your Atolla account. The first set of questions are for you to review your formulas and tell us about how your skin currently feels overall. Next, is the physical test, which is provided in your shipment. Lastly, we ask about how any changes in your environment, lifestyle, diet, medications, and allergies over the last month. We use all of these data points to either determine if there are any tweaks needed for your formula to align with o your current skin needs. The entire skin testing process takes less than 5 minutes, and you get results instantaneously. 

What do my physical Skin Test results mean?

There’s no absolute skin health measurement, so it’s about being in the “healthy” measurement zones and measuring progress against your previous skin tests. Like other areas of personalized health, skin health is also very individual. 

Testing oil and moisture levels allows us to understand the levels of both in your skin because when they are not in health zones, it’s often correlated to skin issues like breakouts or dryness. Testing pH allows us to assess the acid mantle of your skin, a key measure of the state of the skin barrier. We use this information to determine the optimal combinations of ingredients in  your custom Atolla products that will maximize your skin health.  


Skin Health tracking over time



How does Atolla use the Skin test results? 

We’ve incorporated both quantitative and qualitative feedback into the (Re)Assessment process because both are incredibly important in deciding what combination of ingredients are going to be best for you. We like to think of it as a bit of the art and science process in developing your formulas. Both sets of data goes into adjusting formulations to ensure they’re the right fit for your current skin needs. Our goal is to continuously optimize your skin health as you age, your body changes, your environment changes or anything else life throws at you. 

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