SkinCheck.AI’s Mission for Healthier-Looking Skin in Indonesia

A Story of SkinCheck.AI, One of the Top 20 Product-Based Capstone Projects in Bangkit 2023 Batch 1
“According to JakPat in the 2021 Beauty Trends Survey, ‘Acne-free skin is considered the ideal skin condition.’ 81% of respondents consider this to be the ideal skin condition. Otherwise, only 41% of respondents consider white skin to be the ideal skin.” — (Katadata, 2022)
The same survey from JakPat shows that 8 out of 10 women agree that skincare products are more important than makeup. Additionally, 8 out of 10 respondents, both women and men, believe that taking care of their face is a form of investment in skin health.

In recent years, there has been a growing trend among Indonesians to prioritize their appearance, leading to increased efforts in skincare routines. However, this skincare usage surge often does not match knowledge about its potential risks. Moreover, many people still believe in dermatological myths.

Fortunately, a group of young people from Bangkit made a breakthrough by releasing SkinCheck.AI. Recognizing individuals’ challenges in accessing reliable and personalized skincare advice, SkinCheck.AI bridges the gap between skin concerns and expert solutions.

So, who are they, and what do they make? Let’s read the whole story!

Combating Misinformation and Promoting Informed Choices

The idea of SkinCheck.AI comes from seven visionary Bangkit students. They are Muhammad Risma and Azalia Amanda Putri Sampurno from President University; Faadiyah Ramadhani and Hanung Safrizal from Institut Pertanian Bogor; Dimas Tri Mustakim from Universitas Brawijaya; Annas and Rachmat Hidayat Abduh from Politeknik Negeri Ujung Pandang.

We know that the skincare industry in Indonesia is vast and diverse. Yet, many individuals, especially those in remote areas, need access to personalized information. This often results in hoaxes or misinformation, leading to ineffective skincare routines and even potential harm to the skin.

Driven to empower individuals to take control of their skin health, SkinCheck.AI embarked on a mission to create an app that seamlessly blends technology and expertise. Using dermatological data, they developed a platform that enables users to identify skin concerns and receive valid recommendations.
“We came up with the idea, ‘Why don’t we create an application that simplifies the skin check process?’” said Muhammad Risma, Co-founder of SkinCheck.AI.

Expanding the Feature Set with Expert Validation

Recognizing that different skin types require unique skincare approaches, the SkinCheck.AI team developed a personalized product recommendation engine. This feature analyzes the user’s skin condition and suggests suitable skincare products based on their needs. However, the team didn’t stop there.
“We want to ensure the accuracy and reliability of our recommendations. That's why we collaborated with dermatologists to validate the effectiveness of the suggested products,” Risma emphasized.
Understanding that skincare is a continuous process, the team also introduced a Routine Card feature. This feature tracks the user’s skincare routine, allowing them to monitor their progress and evaluate the effectiveness of the recommended products.
“Skincare results take time. So, the Routine Card from SkinCheck.AI helps users see the bigger picture, tracking progress over weeks or even months,” he continued.
To provide users with convenient access to the recommended skincare products, the team envisioned integrating a marketplace feature. This feature would enable users to seamlessly purchase the suggested products directly within the app. They also planned to incorporate a teleconsultation feature to connect users with dermatologists for personalized advice.

AI’s Help in SkinCheck.AI Features

SkinCheck.AI distinguishes itself from traditional skincare resources through its user-friendly interface, advanced AI algorithms, and personalized recommendations. Users can easily capture high-quality images of their skin, which the app’s AI analyzes to identify potential skin concerns.
“This initial assessment empowers users to make informed decisions about their skincare routine,” said Risma.
It’s important to remember that artificial intelligence (AI) isn’t meant to replace dermatologists. Skin analysis from SkinCheck.AI allows users to understand their skin concerns and make informed choices about their skincare routines. The team emphasizes that expert validation remains crucial.

The AI integration also serves as a major draw for users, especially those without immediate dermatologist access. SkinCheck.AI goes beyond analysis by providing personalized product recommendations tailored to each user's unique needs. This empowers users to navigate the skincare information and avoid misleading or ineffective advice.
“We see AI as a way to make things easier for users. It’s not a replacement for a doctor, but it can be a helpful first step in understanding your skin and finding the right products.”

“Make It Easier for Indonesian Teenagers to Understand Their Skin Problems”

The SkinCheck.AI team has identified potential partnerships with various stakeholders to expand its reach and impact. While they have initially connected with an advisor from Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB University) and explored collaborations with skincare brands, these plans are currently on hold due to the team’s focus on completing their academic requirements.
“We have plans to resume our stakeholder engagement efforts, prioritizing collaborations with skincare brands,” said Risma.
As the co-founder of SkinCheck.AI, Risma shares his vision for the future of skincare in Indonesia. He emphasizes empowering individuals, particularly teenagers, to make skincare decisions from verified sources.
“We want to make it easier for Indonesian teenagers to understand their skin problems. Bullying is a serious issue, and many teenagers are targeted because of their skin concerns. They want healthy skin but often lack the knowledge and resources to address their specific needs.”
Risma highlights the prevalence of skincare misinformation, particularly on the internet. He emphasizes the dangers of following unverified advice, which can worsen skin conditions and lead to the need for costly medical interventions. To end this interview, he hopes SkinCheck.AI will boost facial health awareness in Indonesia.
"Skincare is no longer a luxury; now it’s essential for health and appearance. We want to make informed choices that align with every skin and promote healthy skin care practices.”

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