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FTC nixes anti-acne apps in wake of false advertising case

updated 04:40 pm EDT, Mon September 12, 2011

One developer misrepresented scientific study

The US Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement in the case of two mobile apps claiming to cure acne, reports say. In each instance, the apps pretended that colored light could be used to remove pimples and blemishes. The FTC has called the claims "baseless," and moreover accused the creators of one of the apps, AcneApp, of misusing a study on light-based acne therapy to claim scientific support for the app's concept. The AcneApp development team includes a dermatologist.

Before it was removed from the iOS App Store, AcneApp sold over 11,000 copies with a standard price of $1.99. The other app, an Android title called Acne Pwner, was downloaded some 3,300 times under a 99-cent pricetag before being pulled from Google's Android Market.

The FTC notes that the case represents the first time it has targeted mobile apps for exaggerated health claims. Under the terms of the settlement, AcneApp's developers will be required to pay the FTC $14,294. Acne Pwner's lone developer is being asked to pay a much smaller penalty worth $1,700.

by MacNN Staff



  1. _Rick_V_

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    An iPhone app that claims to cure acne? Man, there's a sucker born every minute...

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Anyone who

    Anyone who actually is stupid enough to believe this needs to be taken advantage of..

  1. tortenteufel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    that's a phone

    I won't borrow.....

  1. trenchcoat77

    Joined: Dec 1969


    At least...

    it wasn't an app to cure hemorrhoids.

  1. brainiac

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I have one of those plastic power bracelets that makes me stronger and smarter. I saw right through this ruse.

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