How to Do a Skin Check at Home

Get help to do your skin check

Ask your partner or friend for help. They can see areas of your skin that you can’t.

Do a skin check yourself

Use a full-size mirror together with a handheld mirror for your back, neck and scalp.

Skin Check: Video Guide

Got someone helping you?

Hand them the Miiskin app to take photos of some of your moles and a wide-area photo of your e.g your back.

Then you can compare the photos and look for changes over time.

Home skin checks could complement any examinations you may have with your healthcare provider

Head-To-Toe Self-Examination of Your Skin


First, give your face and scalp a good look.

For a better look, use a blowdryer or comb to remove any hair. Use the mirrors to see your backside.


Next, check both sides of your hands and forearms before moving up to your elbows and upper arms.


Now check your neck, chest and torso.

Ladies – Don’t forget the underside of your breasts.


With assistance from your helper or your mirrors, please have a look at your back, buttocks and back of your legs.


Next bit is done sitting down.

Please check the rest of your legs and your genitals. Lastly, check your feet including your soles.


Checking your skin is recommended by many cancer associations around the world.

Please note, if you are not comfortable performing this skin check at home, do contact your doctor.

This page is for informational purposes only and does not substitute a visit to the doctor or your doctor’s directions.