PocketDerm
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Could the road to clear skin be as quick and easy as a selfie? That’s the impressive claim of PocketDerm, the first ever smartphone acne consultant.

After seeing a patient who had to drive more than 100 miles for treatment, co-founder and dermatologist David Lortscher realized that follow-ups could be done remotely through “teledermatology.” “PocketDerm cuts out the driving and allows you to regularly see a dermatologist through online consultations with photos and messaging,” Dr. Lortscher says.

And the process is as simple as it sounds. After submitting a few snaps of your face and a questionnaire about your skin type and medical history, a derm will reach out to you in 24 hours to discuss treatment options. And for less than $20 a month, you’ll get customized medication shipped to you containing prescription-strength acne fighters like tretinoin and azelaic acid. Cutting edge, convenient, and no more waiting rooms? It’s just what the doctor ordered.