Tonight's TV Choice: Dying for Clear SkinBy Hugh Fort
November 26, 2012
Dying for Clear Skin, BBC3, 9pm
At first glance this seems like a look at teenage spottiness and its damaging affect on adolescents' already fragile confidence.However, did you realise acne medication can also have a serious effect and tragic consequences.
The programme looks at one drug in particular, called Roaccutane.
It's the last resort for acne sufferers and only given out if Clearasil and the like has failed.
The reason for this is seems to have horrible side-effects.
We hear from a dad who is convinced it caused his son to suffer from depression and ultimately kill himself.
Nothing has been proved, but the documentary makers interview one bloke who thinks it's brilliant and another parent whose son hanged himself while taking it.
Radio 1 presenter Gemma Cairney also speaks to the company who make the treatment.
Speaking from experience, spottiness is horrible and hilarious quips like "pizza face" and the idiotic assumption that spots are caused by being dirty are extremely irritating, so spare a thought to those badly affected by it.