We're so happy you're here.

Do you want to help advance skin microbiome science and accelerate personalized skincare? If you're interested in getting involved, read below and sign up for our on-going and future studies on the skin microbiome.

Welcome to the future
of skin health.

If you are interested in your skin health and the skin microbiome, whether or not you struggle with skin issues, we would like to invite you to join our community. If you have any questions or concerns, we're happy to talk with you: questions@parallelhealth.io

Welcome to our skin microbiome study.

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How Our Studies Work

1. Sign Up for Study
2. Sign Consent Form
3. Complete the Skin Microbiome Questionnaire
4. Receive Test
5. Take Test & Mail Back
6. Receive Voucher
SIGN UP

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to participate?

If you are at least 18 years old and live in the United States, then you're eligible to participate.

What is the purpose of the study?

We want to learn more about the skin microbiome of adults living in the United States and how we can design skin microbiome health/beauty products that are clean, safe, targeted, and efficacious. If you're happy with your skin, we want to know what your skin microbiome looks like so that we can help you maintain your skin microbiome and prevent premature aging/deterioration. If you're unhappy with your skin, then we want to understand why and then take a look at your skin microbiome, so that we can suggest products that will meaningfully improve your skin health.

Do I have to take part?

There's no pressure. This study is 100% voluntary. If you sign up to participate, but then change your mind, you can withdraw at any time.

What will happen to me if I decide to take part?

If you sign up for the study with your mailing address on our website, we will send you a skin swab collection kit and instructions for how to swab your skin. The process is easy and painless; some say it's kind of fun! You will mail your samples back to us, and that's it!

What should I consider?

Make sure that you're willing to spend 5-7 minutes sampling your skin microbiome and mail the sample back (prepaid return postage and packaging provided by us) the same day or as soon as possible. Please try to swab your skin first thing in the morning before you shower or wash your face. If you swab your skin and cannot ship the samples back to us on the same day, please place the swabs in your refrigerator overnight before shipping them back the next day.

Are there any possible disadvantages or risks from taking part?

This is a low-risk study. There are no hazardous chemicals in the kit that we'll ship you, and the sampling process is safe.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

If you take part in our study, you will receive a free official skin microbiome kit when the product is released. Our official skin microbiome kit will return results and analysis to you. Additionally, you will receive 30% off your first order.

Will my General Practitioner/family doctor (GP) be informed of my participation?

This is a research study, not a clinical trial. Your GP will not be informed of your participation. Your personal data will not be shared with medical professionals or insurance providers.

Will my taking part in the study be kept confidential?

Your participation will be kept confidential.

Will I be reimbursed for taking part?

You won't receive cash reimbursement, but you will get a voucher for a free skin microbiome kit when we launch our commercial product, as well as a 30% discount on your first order of our personalized cosmetic products.

What will happen to the samples I give?

After you mail your swabs back to us, we will sequence the DNA from your skin microbiome (from all of the bacteria, fungi, mites, and viruses that live on your skin) and use that to identify your skin microbiome type and develop personalized cosmetics for your skin microbiome in the near future.

What will happen to my data?

Your personal data will be stored on encrypted hard-drives that only employees at Parallel Health can access, in accordance with HIPAA regulations. Your skin microbiome DNA data will be stored separately from your personal data, only related to your personal data through a unique random identifer (de-identified) to prevent anyone else from identifying you through your skin microbiome data.

What will happen if I don't want to carry on with the study?

You can withdraw from the study at any time. If you decide that you don't want to carry on with the study, you can reach out to us directly at questions@parallelhealth.io and we will remove you from the study by destroying your skin swab samples.

What happens at the end of the study?

At the end of the study, we'll be working behind the scenes to develop new cosmetic products that fit your skin microbiome fingerprint and to commercialize the skin microbiome test. We'll let you know when we launch our commercial skin microbiome kit so that you can redeem your voucher for a free kit and find out more about your skin microbiome.

What if there is a problem?

We don't anticipate any medical problems when you swab your skin, but if you encounter any problems, then please contact your healthcare provider. If you feel that you've been mistreated or there is a problem with your kit, then you can reach us at questions@parallelhealth.io and we'll help you address the issue.

How has the public been involved in this study?

We designed the protocol based on input from a limited number of volunteers. We have consulted with Advarra IRB to review our protocol and ensure that it is safe for the public.

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