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Cure Acne with Android Apps?

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Thursday, 15 September 2011 06:00

There may come a time in the not so distant future when cures for troublesome ailments such as acne, headaches, or the common cold will be administered virtually, with the aid of a simple android app. Just as we can now live our day to day life without leaving our house; all that we need is a broadband connection and a computer and all our banking, utility, provisions, entertainment, social life, dating and almost anything else you care to mention can be taken care of with the click of a mouse.

So to the title. Cure acne with android apps? Sounds too good to be true doesn't it? The US Federal Trade Commission smelt a rat when they came upon two mobile apps claiming to do exactly this in both Apple App Store and Google Android Market and immediately laid some 'app' poison and had them removed.

Acne removal android app.

In a benchmark ruling, FTC (US equivalent of Watchdog) chairman John Leibowitz stated:

'When it comes to curing acne, there’s no app for that.'

This is the first documented action against ridiculous health claims by mobile apps, perhaps the first of many. The two disgraced apps removed from the respective app markets were AcneApp (iPhone - downloaded approximately 11,600 times at a cost of $1.99) and Acne Pwner (Android - downloaded approximately 3,300 times at a cost of $0.99).

The offending app 'doctors' have received fines by the FTC. AcneApp for iPhone, which was developed in conjunction with a dermatologist, has been slapped with a hefty fine of $14,294, Acne Pwner for Android had to hand over $1700.

Does it Actually Work?

The question remains; is there a shred of truth in this modern day Frankenstein theory? Is there simply an element of reservation and dismissal, founded or otherwise, as we enter a new realm of invention?

The theory behind acne-cure apps was that they treated blemishes and pimples using coloured light produced by smartphones.

Marketing behind AcneApp for iPhone stated:

'This app was developed by a dermatologist. A study published by the British Journal of Dermatology showed blue and red light treatments eliminated p-acne bacteria (a major cause of acne) and reduces skin blemishes by 76%.'

Acne light treament.

A claim which FTC was quick to dispute, citing it as false.

Although thousands of companies plugging this system would beg to differ, and why not? Afterall it's a great money spinner aimed towards vulnerable, image conscious teenagers who are desperate.

Whether this is a valid treatement for acne or pure poppy cock is still up for debate and remains to be seen


Ten years ago the BBC UK was spreading the word about this new-fangled light treatment cure for acne. Maybe the idea is not too far off the mark, ultra violet light treatment has been one of the most successful options for treating  psoriasis, an incurable, unsightly and potentially debilitating skin condition for many years and seems to have enjoyed a reasonable success rate.

Until it can be proven that a smartphone is capable of emitting light that alleviates acne, you will have to leave your virtual world and make a trip to your doctor, or at the very least order some Freederm online!

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 September 2011 18:53 )

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