• 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.
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