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Skin Care Cannot Be Obtained From Smartphone Apps

Posted by floriza in Skin Care

While most people may not expect to receive skin care from their Smartphones, an app that claims to cure acne was recently on the market. Thanks to the Federal Trade Commission, the app is no longer sold.

Called AcneApp, a Houston-based dermatologist created the app based on studies that treated acne with light spectrums. The FTC brought charges against the dermatologist and two other men for fraudulent health claims – a first against app creators. Another app creator made similar claims with his Acne Pwner app.

Light Skin Care Therapy for Acne?

Prior to the charges, the AcneApp, which sold for $1.99, was downloaded by 11,600 people. The app instructed purchasers to hold the phone screen in front of their acne so that the lights created by the app could treat the pimples.

Apparently, a British Journal of Dermatology study shows some evidence that light therapy can assist in treating acne, but leading dermatologists say that just any lights are not sufficient. The light source from a Smartphone would certainly not be strong enough.

The FTC settlement with the makers of the AcneApp included a fine of $14,294 and an agreement to no longer create apps that make “baseless claims” about acne treatment and no longer “misrepresent research, tests, or studies.” Acne Pwner app had not sold as well as AcneApp, so the maker’s fine was just $1,700.

Skin Care Treatments that Work for Acne

Skin care in New Jersey or elsewhere from a qualified practitioner can offer a number of treatments for acne. The one chosen is based on an individual’s particular type of acne and the condition of their skin. Often, more than one type of treatment is necessary.

  • Microdermabrasion, a type of deep exfoliation, is often used for both acne and acne scars.
  • Chemical peels using salicylic acid are sometimes used or a peel such as cryotherapy, which kills the bacteria that cause acne and reduces swelling.
  • Laser treatments treat acne by using highly targeted light beams that remove damaged skin cells.
  • Photodynamic Therapy is a treatment that reduces swelling.
  • Topical skin care medications vary from masques usually made of clay or sulfur, to Retin-A or Benzoyl-peroxide formulations. Alpha hydroxy acid exfoliating products are sometimes used, and antibiotic creams can assist in killing the bacteria that cause acne.
  • In severe cases, an oral antibiotic prescription may also be recommended. This is especially helpful with people who have acne on parts of the body other than face.


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