Sorry - your smartphone can't cure your acne
Yes, we know, it came as a shock to us too, but it’s the truth. It’s also bad news for the makers of two smartphone apps that claimed to be able to rid your face of spots. Android app Acne Pwner sold 3,300 copies at $0.99 while 11,600 spotty herberts forked out $1.99 for AcneApp for their iOS devices.
The US Federal Trade Commission have found that claims made by the apps were nonsense, and have fined the makers of them a total of $16,000 as well as handing out a wrist-slapping.
The apps claimed that coloured lights emitted from the screens of the mobile phones would cure acne if they were held next to the area of affected skin for a few minutes each day. It sounds like complete and utter guff, but it was all based on some research carried out by the British Journal of Dermatology. That research showed that some light treatment could work, but not the kind of light emitted by a mobile phone.
Back to the drawing board for the app-makers and the zit-afflicted then…