Back in May last year, I mentioned in the blog post that I was emailed by a TV production company to take part in a health/science documentary talking about everyday issues that affects us all. The documentary consisted of four parts and I was invited to take part in the one that would talk about acne. No clues as to why I fit the bill there.
I completely forgot about the show and the filming, since I filmed my part back in May 2014 and was told at the time that the show would be aired in Autumn 2014.
Fast forward to 2nd April 2015, I received an email from the production company and was greeted with a photo of the show. For those 4.1 million people that watched the show which was broadcasted on Thursday 9th April, you would have seen my face, 48 minutes into the show! Now for those who didn’t watch the show, the show I was featured one was The Truth About…Your Medicine Cabinet shown on BBC1 presented by the one and only Chris van Tulleken, This was the last of the four episodes to this documentary and this one focused on the truth about the top-selling over-the-counter medicines.
As I said I was featured on the acne part, now I won’t give too much away as to what happened during my part which was about 5 minutes, so you need to watch it yourself on BBC iPlayer. But I will leave you with some screenshots of me on the show (my face actually didn’t look that bad on TV – the power of great camera equipment!) and also my thoughts on that particular section and addressing the feedback i have read on Twitter in regards to that section of the show!
Dr Dev Shah mentioned two ingredients that have evidence in treating mild acne, and they are Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid. These ingredients can often be found in products sold over the counter and he also advised that if the symptoms are severe or over the counter treatments do not work then it is best to see the GP. The products shown during the clip for over the counter treatments were products from Freederm, Clearasil, Clear & Clear, Neutrogena and Quinoderm. Now over on Twitter there were some negative reviews on the advice given. People were commenting on how the only options for acne were Clearasil or prescription medication and how seeing the GP is not the best advice for people suffering with acne.
So what are my thoughts? Well as an acne sufferer, I have used many over the counter products to treat acne. But in my opinion and my own personal experience, products that are targeted for acne I found them too harsh, as they often contained either Alcohol or Sodium Laureth/Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). For people suffering from acne, it is a massive NO to use products containing these ingredients, as they strip the skin from its natural oil, making the skin dry and causing the skin to produce more oil which causes more spots. Obviously this is my own personal experience, I know people that have acne and have used these products and have seen improvement to their skin and that is great but for me it didn’t help at all.
I was 16 when I started getting spots and as the years went by the spots got worse and I went from moderate acne to mild/severe acne. I didn’t seek medical help until I was 22/23 and I was prescribed with antibiotics/the pill and topical cream, which again in my personal experience it helped my acne a little bit but when I stopped taking the medication the spots will come back and as for the topical cream/gel they irritated my skin so I stopped using them. If you have read my acne posts, you will know two years ago I went to see a Chinese Doctor about my acne. You can read my latest acne update here.
Yes granted GP’s can be clueless when it comes to dealing with acne, however if using over the counter of products are not working for your acne/spots and your acne is getting worse. You SHOULD go and see your GP. If they prescribe you with antibiotics/the pill/topical creams, I would say no and push for them to refer you to see a dermatologist. My advice is don’t be like me and wait till 6 years later till you seek medical help, by then you probably would have lots of deep red scarring like me and making the chances of clearing up your skin a little bit harder. And remember as tempting as it might be, DO NOT PICK YOUR SPOTS!
You can watch The Truth About…Your Medicine Cabinet on the BBC iPlayer.
Did you watch The Truth About…Your Medicine Cabinet? What are you thoughts on the acne part?