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Apps that Claim to Cure Acne Under Investigation by US FTC

The US Federal Trade Commission has fined two app makers for offering apps that promise to reduce people’s acne.

Developers DermApps and Acne Pwner have signed settlement agreements with the US trade regulator, the FTC announced.

The apps, AcnePwner and AcneApp, which were available for download from the iTunes App Store, were priced at 99 cents and $1.99, respectively. The apps claimed to cure Acne by flashing blue and red lights on the smartphone.

According to the makers of AcneApp, "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%."

About 11, 600 users downloaded the AcneApp app and 3,300 users downloaded AcnePwner.

According to an article on PC Mag, as per the settlement with the FTC, DermApps will have to pay $14,294 while AcnePwner will have to pay $1,700 in fines.

"Smartphones make our lives easier in countless ways, but unfortunately when it comes to curing acne, there's no app for that," FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said in a statement.