Dying For Clear Skin (1 x 60’0 – A documentary that considers how society’s obsession with looks puts extraordinary pressure on young people to have perfect, smooth skin. In 2011 Jesse Jones went missing and five days later his body was found at the bottom of a cliff. Presenter, Gemma Cairney, speaks to his friends and family as she investigates how a young, confident boy transformed into a 24-year-old young man whose obsession and worry about his acne had tragic consequences.
Gemma herself worried about her skin as a teenager and she meets Will, a 15-year-old boy and empathises with his current battle as a chronic acne sufferer. She accompanies him to experience first-hand how a supposedly minor issue is impacting on lives around the UK; she explores what treatment is available and talks to leading experts about what can be done to help people with the condition.
Producer: Mentorn Media
TX: Autumn 2012
Source: BBC3 press release