Sunday, 16 April 2017

Me, My Spots & I

So, as you might have read in my previous life update post, something BIG that happened last month that I'm super proud of, so I wanted to tell you a little more about it here!

So back in February + March I spent a lot of time filming with BBC Newsbeat.  They contacted me after having seen my Roaccutane videos on my YouTube channel and asked if I would be interested in presenting a short documentary for BBC iPlayer all about acne.  I obviously replied straight away but didn't actually think it would actually happen (you get used to receiving incredible opportunities and loosing out to them last minute to other people in this industry), but after a meeting, it was confirmed to go ahead!

Myself, Newsbeat Presenter Ben Mundy and a camera man or two travelled around the UK, visiting some incredible people in Edinburgh, Manchester, Leicester and Cheltenham who have all dealt with acne to discuss how acne has affected their life, treatment they've tried and most importantly, how to feel good about yourself with the skin condition.

Some behind the scenes pictures!







Having had acne myself, for 10 years, the whole process of creating the documentary was a real emotional journey for me.  Thankfully Roaccutane has currently helped cure my blemishes, but that hasn't worked for everyone and it was heartbreaking to meet so many beautiful people who are suffering with bad skin.  It's also so upsetting to me that it is 2017 and there is still no real 'cure' for acne.

I met a dermatologist along the way who talked me through current medicines available,  as well as Sarah and her son George who both developed bad skin in their teen years and who are both currently on Roaccutane.  George was an absolute inspiration, he takes his skin in his stride and has brilliant come backs to those who make remarks about his blemishes.  I met Jessica and her boyfriend Brendan (we went trampolining, very fun) as well as Libby and her friends (we had a night out in Edinburgh, I obviously got tipsy!) and we discussed how acne affects their life, particularly with dating, socialising and the types of treatment they're now trying.

The documentary came out on March 16th and it was honestly one of the best days of my life to date.  It was overwhelming to see something we worked so hard and passionately on, come together and to hear people discussing it.  I was on Radio 1 Newsbeat talking about spots and also on the Victoria Derbyshire Show on BBC2 talking live about the documentary (so nerve-wracking, but an incredible experience)!

You can watch the doc here on BBC iPlayer and I would absolutely love to hear what you think of it!  It was my first time presenting or talking to camera (outside of my house with my own set up!) and I was super nervous throughout but I'm incredibly proud of it and I really hope it helps any of you also suffering with acne.

Now finger's crossed to more incredibly opportunities like this in the future!  (Also a big thank you to Newsbeat for giving me this op, eternally grateful).

Have you watched the programme?  What did you think?

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9 comments

  1. I didn't watch because I don't have bbc programme, but giiiirl I love you. You're so brave. Literally I have problem with acne too, I tried so many creams and nothing helps me. But now I found another treatment and it is water. I drink per day 3-4 l of water and my face looks so clean.

    Charming Coco

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  2. what an amazing experience! ill have to check the program out <3

    Abigail Alice 💕

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  3. I've just watched this documentary and you've done such a great job Katie, Well Done! You were so so brave to show your Roaccutane journey online and this documentary really demonstrated some other peoples experiences with acne too and how some treatments don't work for everyone! You should be really proud!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

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  4. Awww, I'm so happy to see a blog post from Katie Snooks pop up on my dash! I miss reading your blog posts. As much as I like seeing your face on YouTube, I'm looking forward to reading your blog again!
    xxx L.O.V.E

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  5. I love your documentary Katie! I was on Roaccutane when I was 16, it was the most horrible time of my life.. but it worked!

    Congratulations for all your achievements this year! After all the big life changes you are glowing now... such an inspirational woman. :)

    Loves
    Eniko xxx
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  6. I can't watch it because I don't live in the UK :(
    I know the medicine Roaccutane because I've used it myself (the 10 en 20 version).
    It helped me!
    Maybe once or twice a year I use it for a month.

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  7. I watched this a while ago and hun it was so amazing! I'm so proud of you. I have been a follower of yours since the beginning and to see you doing that, well it was amazing! You should be so proud! <3

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  8. Congratulations on such an amazing opportunity! It's amazing to see you coming on so far, you should be so proud of yourself for raising awareness on acne!

    Cyber Mermaids | Alternative beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog

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  9. I can't watch it bc I don't live in the UK, but I follow your blog for quite a long time and I find your story very inspirational! I have struggled with acne too, and I think you are really brave to share your story. (P.S. there is an account on instagram, that sells knock- off cosmetics, that is using your photo https://www.instagram.com/p/BNwp5CkDDHY/?taken-by=makeoverstoree , I thought you should know that )

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