iPhone App Claims to Treat Acne with Light

Dermatologists not convinced that app, which gives off blue and red light, will help clear up skin.

iPhone App Claims to Treat Acne with Light

Dermatologists not convinced that app, which gives off blue and red light, will help clear up skin.

-Faye Brennan

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Got acne? There’s an app for that. Created by Dr. Greg Pearson in Houston, AcneApp claims to fight blemishes and clear up skin by giving off red and blue light from your iPhone. Just choose a color, hold your phone up to the acne-prone area of your face, and keep it there for two minutes. And, Viola! Your skin should start to clear up. Emphasis on “should.”

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According to AcneApp’s website, “Studies showed that light treatments were almost twice as effective as benzoyl peroxide, the main ingredient in Proactiv and other common over-the-counter blemish treatments.”

While this is a proven theory, Dermatologist president of the American Academy of Dermatologists, Dr. David Pariser, does not believe the AcneApp would be an effective tool for this treatment.

“You really have to have extremely intense light that requires protection of your eyes,” he told ABC News. “It’s not very likely you’re going to get enough light out of the screen of an iPhone to make a difference… The principle is correct, but I really doubt that this specific application of it would make much difference.”

Still, if you’re willing to try anything at this point to clear up your skin, AcneApp is only $1.99 at Apple’s Appstore. (ABC News)

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