12 On Your Side: Acne apps, modern day snake oil?

By: Elizabeth Owens Email
By: Elizabeth Owens Email
Smartphone apps

News 12 investigated smartphone apps that claim they can cure acne. (WRDW-TV / Oct. 28, 2011)

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, Oct. 28, 2011

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- From social networking sites to weight loss tools to acne cures? Yes, there is even an app for that.

The Acne App and Acne Pwner claim to clear up breakouts with blue and red lights generated from your smart phone. However, the Federal Trade Commission says the apps are nothing more than modern day snake oil.

This week the FTC finalized settlement orders against the marketers of Acne App and Acne Pwner who claimed their apps cured acne. The government found that there is no proof the red and blue lights from your phone actually clear up breakouts.

More than 10,000 people downloaded the apps for $1.99.

News 12 On Your Side discovered similar acne apps are available to download. We downloaded Acne Light Waves for $1.99.

The app claims studies show blue and red lights effectively eliminate certain acne. However, if you read the small print under "disclaimer," it says "for entertainment purposes only."

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