The FTC today announced settlements in two separate cases with marketers who claimed their smartphone applications, “AcneApp” and “Acne Pwner,” could help reduce acne by using colored lights emitted from the screen of the user’s mobile device. The cases are the first brought by the FTC targeting health claims in the mobile application marketplace.
“…unfortunately when it comes to curing acne, there’s no app for that,” FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said in the Commission’s press release.
The FTC charged that both applications made unsubstantiated acne treatment claims and that the marketers of AcneApp falsely claimed that a study in a British medical journal proved that blue and red light therapy, which the app used, is an effective acne treatment.
The settlements bar the marketers from making acne-treatment claims about their mobile apps and other medical devices, as well as the safety, performance, benefits, or efficacy claims about any device, without competent and reliable scientific evidence. The marketer of Acne Pwner will pay $1700. The two marketers of AcneApp will pay $14,294 and be barred from misrepresenting research, tests, or studies.
Go here to view the FTC’s press release.