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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. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      Quote Originally Posted by johnr9412 View Post
      is it free or no?
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      Quote Originally Posted by johnr9412 View Post
      Is it free or no?
      It CURES acne! What cure out there has EVER been free? =P

      Since the release of this app, Clearasil and Proactive stocks have plummetted!!! No joke! How sad is that!

    1. Lithowa's Avatar
      Lithowa -
      I would think ANSR: - Anti-Aging & Acne Light Therapy Beam would work better.
    1. xgus69's Avatar
      xgus69 -
      iphone also cures sexual tension for women... set it on vibrate put it on ur sensual spot and call it.. and bam orgasm beotch
    1. johnr9412's Avatar
      johnr9412 -
      These people will make tons of money! Even if this doesn't work at all..genius!
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by k.nitsua View Post
      It CURES acne! What cure out there has EVER been free? =P


      Just a tad unnecessary haha - ajl917
    1. matthew1111's Avatar
      matthew1111 -
      Maybe it'd fix acne...but it'd also cause cancer wherever you put it.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      wtf? Is this for money?
    1. iGuy's Avatar
      iGuy -
      Quote Originally Posted by ajl917 View Post
      But the "special" cleaning cloths you need to wipe the zit-juice from your iPhone afterwards are $59.99 (or $110.00 if you buy two at a time). It's all available on their website.
    1. henners123's Avatar
      henners123 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iLaw-One View Post
      Soon there'll be an app that'll give people a bath and wipe their asses
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Lots of bad review on itunes.
    1. TigBraun's Avatar
      TigBraun -
      Quote Originally Posted by tudtran View Post
      Lots of bad review on itunes.
      Except for a few, all of the reviews were surprisingly positive.
    1. Turd-Slicer's Avatar
      Turd-Slicer -
      This will not work. Light therapy does work, but it will not come from an iPhone. The wavelength of light required for acne fighting is typically centered around 415nm(blue/UV). The way light therapy works is by using LED's which emit only that wavelength of light. The iPhone screen's pixels are a combination of red(630nm)/green(532nm)/blue(470nm), and simply adjusts the brightness of each color to give the appearance of a certain hue when viewed from a distance. It is the actual wavelength of light radiation that matters in light therapy, not what color it appears to be to your eyes. Basically, with this app, instead of getting the 415nm wavelength, you're getting 470nm(blue), 532nm(green), and 630nm(red) wavelengths of light, which when mixed together at the proper intensities will appear blue/violet-ish.

      ******** app, don't waste your time on it. Do some research on light therapy if you don't believe me. It's actually a very interesting medical topic that is currently being explored as a useful and side-effect-less treatment of different ailments.
    1. bengo's Avatar
      bengo -
      LOL way to exploit the iPod touch userbase, which is probably 90% or more pimple faced teens.
    1. smuggler's Avatar
      smuggler -
      this is for the easily convinced
    1. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      Yeah..... I remember hearing about an AT&T tech who was one of the first testers of cell phone technology (20 years or so ago) who tried to heat his head up by using his cell phone frequently. It worked...... He got brain cancer in the shape and area he used the phone!

      So... yah, I bet it does cure acne. Just got to live with those little annoying side-effects.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      The iPhone is also a cure for ADD
      i have also found it is a cure for A..I..D..S. horray!
    1. iRick's Avatar
      iRick -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphone4idiots View Post
      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??

      There's already an App for this I think, lookup MindWave....