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  • Can the iPhone Cure Acne?

    I don't want to leave a "blemish" on the tech-centric tone of these forums, but a lot of people are talking about the iPhone these days as a potential treatment for all sorts of medical ailments, including acne. Although the application that started this discussion was released months ago, only recently have media outlets and iPhone users taken a good look at AcneApp, which was created by a Texas dermatologist who apparently thinks the iPhone is the technological equivalent of Clearasil.

    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%.
    As you can imagine, the AcneApp utilizes red and blue lights to ward off pimples and promote healthy, vibrant skin. Citing "studies showed that light treatments were almost twice as effective as benzoyl peroxide," the AcneApp is worth noting not because it's going to rid the world of acne, but because it speaks to a massively tangible movement in app development - the health and wellness movement.

    The iPhone is now perceived as a vital instrument in our arsenal of tools that promote general health and well-being. From diet and exercise apps to this acne-fighting software, the App Store is slowly but surely becoming a digital health food store of sorts. And it doesn't appear that the trend will relent any time soon.

    Of course, separating the legitimate apps from the snake-oil gimmicks is a debate left for someone smarter and more medicinally knowledgeable than myself. But the fact remains: iPhone and iPod Touch applications have now become prominent fixtures in the worlds of science, medicine, and even psychology. And given the runaway success (at least in terms of PR value) of apps like AcneApp it's a safe bet that we're bound to see enough health applications in the near future to literally make us sick.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Can the iPhone Cure Acne? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 38 Comments
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I don't think this would work well. Mobile phones are extremely dirty items and pushing them against your skin is not smart. I would have to do some serious wiping of the phone before doing this. But I do think this dev will make tons and tons of cash
    1. badass1469's Avatar
      badass1469 -
      lol this is pretty cool
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      The iPhone is also a cure for ADD
    1. holdemdogg's Avatar
      holdemdogg -
      Lol ADD
    1. toyvan's Avatar
      toyvan -
      wow! something worse then oil from ur face on ur phone...zit juice!!
    1. iamilya77's Avatar
      iamilya77 -
      Ahahahahaha, this is funny, oh how life would be easier if clearing your skin was as simple as putting a phone to your face.

      This reminds me of the hand heater app!

      I think i just might get this cause its just so awesome!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I told you it would make the dev some serious coin

      lol @ zit juice
    1. sobeniceguy2's Avatar
      sobeniceguy2 -
      The iPhone maybe be a cure for ADD but it is also a source for OCD lol.
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      I heard they are developing an app that cures STDs.

      The user (a male in this case) will have to open the app before he reaches full erection and he will be presented with this image:

      Instantly guaranteeing no "happy" time.
    1. sobeniceguy2's Avatar
      sobeniceguy2 -
      An STD app hmmmm, But then again there are apps for computer STD's lol
    1. henners123's Avatar
      henners123 -
      That wont work lol
    1. Jomann's Avatar
      Jomann -
      really now, this is going too far.
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      Soon there'll be an app that'll give people a bath and wipe their asses - lol!
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      I use Bluetooth to talk to avoid dirt/germs on my iPhone
    1. sandstorm77's Avatar
      sandstorm77 -
      nice the iphone gets rid of acne. We will soon see a study showing how the ache app has cause skin cancer due to log exposure to microwaves from holding the phone to your face for long hours.
    1. iphone4idiots's Avatar
      iphone4idiots -
      LOL, some people will buy anything. This reminds me of the mosquito repellant app. I tried it out for kicks. My backyard is loaded with them. Anyway if I held my iPhone within about 3 inches they flew away, but just placing it your pocket didn't work at all.

      People will buy anything. Dam I should make a app that promises happiness or maybe better sleep. I can find a few doctors to "document" that the high frequency music the app emits relaxes people. Market a second app specially for babies as mommies can't spend on enough on their children.

      BTW, whatever happened to just popping all the puss out??
    1. yentrog31's Avatar
      yentrog31 -
      hhhmmmmmmm..let me see......Brain cancer or acne?...lose brain cells or get that hot chick.....become a veggie later or get laid in this lifetime?...hhhmmmmm .....its almost like waiting for Godot; its such a conundrum...
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Quote Originally Posted by yentrog31 View Post
      hhhmmmmmmm..let me see......Brain cancer or acne?...lose brain cells or get that hot chick.....become a veggie later or get laid in this lifetime?...hhhmmmmm .....its almost like waiting for Godot; its such a conundrum...
      Lay off the PCP bro...
    1. ronblade's Avatar
      ronblade -
      Well, I really do not have idea on this matter. Can this be really cured? I would like to know more about it. I hope more information will be provided soon.
    1. johnr9412's Avatar
      johnr9412 -
      Is it free or no?