Got acne? No app for that



  • Marketers agreed to "stop making baseless claims" in order to settle an FTC complaint, the first the agency has brought targeting health claims by mobile apps. 
  • "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 news release. 
  • Ads promised it would "Kill ACNE with this simple, yet powerful tool!" AcneApp, which sold for $1.99 on iTunes, claimed that it was developed by a British dermatologist and employed blue and red light treatments validated by a British Journal of Dermatology study. 
  • The FTC called the claim nonsense