17-Year-Old CEO Develops App to Identify Skin Conditions, Petitions UN for Skin Positivity Day

Updated: Nov 22

Audrey Ajakaye, a 17-year-old senior at The Village School in Houston, has developed the LoveMySkin app to create a skin-positive community around the world.

Think back to when you were 17, you were probably in the process of developing an innovative app that incorporates a new area of psychosomatic medicine… right?


While most of us were anxiously finding a prom date or procrastinating on an assignment, The Village School senior Audrey Ajakaye is launching her ‘LoveMySkin’ app and petitioning the United Nations.


Typical stuff from a teenager.


Audrey launched the app this summer, and as she applies to colleges, is tirelessly working to refine and scale the LoveMySkin brand to create a skin-positive community for all.


“The LoveMyskin app is really just a platform for users to be able to come together, share ideas, and also get resources when it comes to skin diseases and skin insecurities,” Audrey said. “The main goal of the LoveMySkin app is to provide users with a safe platform so that they feel comfortable posting whatever concerns that they have.”


The Need for Skin Apps


The LoveMySkin app uses AI technology to correctly identify a person’s skin condition. When someone submits a picture of their skin, they will get results of the top five skin conditions within one minute.


As a Nigerian-American, Audrey found the motivation for creating LoveMySkin through her experiences growing up. In a world where children are influenced by social media pretty much by the time they can walk, Audrey views the LoveMySkin app as an opportunity to allow everyone to be comfortable in their own skin.


“One of the biggest things that I do see is that social media is really causing [body dysmorphia] to be more and more prevalent,” Audrey said. “So, by creating LoveMySkin, I hope to still bring a digital form of communication and stuff like that, while instilling positivity, because I feel like that's the main thing that's missing right now is the positive reinforcement.”


Psychodermatology


I'm partnered with a company called Autoderm, I have leveraged their AI-backed skin condition recognition API in my app, which is trained to diagnose 44 different skin conditions across many skin types,” Audrey said. “It's been field-tested in a lot of African countries, in the UK, USA, as well as Asia, and South American populations. So, it is pretty inclusive."


What separates LoveMySkin? Psychodermatology.

Around the UK, psychodermatology is a common field of study. The practice is a more holistic way of viewing the relationship between your body and skin, specifically looking at the mental aspect. Instead of just prescribing someone medication, psychodermatology considers the emotional and spiritual aspects potentially impacting your skin.


Currently, in the US, the Association for Psychoneurocutaneous Medicine of North America lists only 10 practicing psychodermatologists, making Audrey and her LoveMySkin app pioneers in the US skincare industry.


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