I don’t have an iPhone. I don’t have any kind of smart phone even though my husband and numerous friends have repeatedly recommended that I get one. I don’t have one not because I am opposed to smart phones; I don’t have because I am afraid if I have one I’ll never put it down. I fear that my time sucking habit of internet surfing will simply over take my life if I have a smart phone so in lieu of just gaining some much needed self-control I decided to just have a simple cellphone instead. For now all I can do with my phone is make and receive phone calls and texts.
Having said all of that, of course I am still well aware of all the different apps that are available to smart phone users. When the app craze began I even tried to recruit my husband, a former computer programmer, to write an app so we would make lots of money and live without financial worries ever again. Alas that never happened because of my lack of a cool app idea, not for lack of will. Nevertheless I still am interested in new apps and was very intrigued when I saw the following article today on WebMD: Can You Treat Acne with an iPhone App? AcneApp Promises to Clear Skin With Light Therapy; Dermatologists Express Doubts. My first thought was – is this a joke? Really – treat your acne with your phone??!!
The idea behind this app is that your phone gives off blue light (which fights acne) and then red light as well (which helps heal the skin). The use of light therapy to treat acne is not a new idea, and there are even numerous hand-held devices that you can use at home that claim to help heal acne. Light therapy, when administered at a physician’s office using medical grade machines, can be part of a treatment option to help alleviate acne. The home devices are an expensive option that rarely works. The main reason these home gadgets don’t work is that the light intensity in these devices isn’t strong enough to do anything. The light intensity must be kept low because these devices are sold for home use and as such must be consumer safe.
I think this iPhone app is nothing but a gimmick full of false hope. This level of blue light will not heal your acne. Get on a good anti-acne home care regime that is tailored to your specific type of breakouts and see a professional for light therapy if you choose that option. Use your smart phone for calls, texts, the internet, etc., etc. but leave caring for your acne to a professional.
Sources and More Information:
- For more information about home light devices that claim to fight acne see this New York Times article from December 31, 2009: In Light and Heat, Gadgets Claim To Fight Acne
- More information on the AcneApp
- An article from The New York Times on the AcneApp: Better Skin To The Touch?
- Look on Sephora.com to see reviews of home use light devices that claim to fight acne like Tanda