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Fingerprints are the most unique identifier of an individual, as they cannot be easily duplicated. Today, fingerprint scanning is becoming increasingly popular for security clearances, signing in/out at offices, and other areas where uniqueness may otherwise be difficult to track. Based on a recent study in Malaysia, however, the fingerprints of individuals with dry skin are more likely to be misidentified. How did these findings come about?
Malaysian researchers studied the thumbprints of 200 individuals, 100 of whom suffered from dry skin. This study was especially pertinent to Malaysia, as citizens’ thumbprints are encoded into their national identity card. Each person’s needed to be correctly identified within 3 scans. Under such conditions, 27 of the individuals with dry skin were not correctly identified by the system, whereas only 2 individuals from the comparison group encountered such troubles. Dryness typically causes skin to flake, which in turn may alter one’s fingerprints. The good news is, this unwanted, annoying alteration can be reversed.
While dry skin may be a common occurrence, you do not have to sit back as it steals your identity. If you constantly suffer from dry skin and its redness, itching and flaking, contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn your options. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at diagnosing and treating dry skin and other skin conditions. Our ten conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens, Long Island – Nassau/Suffolk (Roslyn/Albertson, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City, Westchester County, Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.