Why acne is more than skin deep, featuring Scott McGlynn and Izzie Rodgers

Why acne is more than skin deep, featuring Scott McGlynn and Izzie Rodgers

By Boots

About 95% of people in England will be affected by acne at some point in their lives, and yet discussing it and its effects is still considered taboo by many. With symptoms ranging from mild to severe, acne is caused when hair follicles become blocked, resulting in spots, oily skin and sometimes skin that’s hot or painful to touch. It can be both physically painful and emotionally distressing, and may lead to a loss of confidence, self-esteem and self-worth. In this episode, online creators Scott McGlynn and Izzie Rodgers reveal their personal experiences of acne, including how they manage it, how they feel about it, and why they believe it’s so important to normalise conversations about it. 

Please be aware that this episode includes open and honest discussions around mental-health issues including anxiety, depression, and self-harm, which some listeners may find upsetting. If you are affected by what you hear, and would like further information on available support, please see the list of resources below.  


Boots Online Doctor: prescription acne treatment

Mental Health Support Services (available on Boots Health Hub) 

Skin Scanning Service at Boots

NHS acne information 

NHS information on common skin, hair and nail conditions  



Anti-Bullying Alliance


Boots Skin-Clear Cleanser with salicylic acid

Cetaphil Daily Defence Moisturiser SPF50

Eucerin DermoPurifyer Triple-Effect Serum

Eucerin DermoPurifier Face-Cleansing Gel for Blemish Prone Skin

Eucerin DermoPurifyer Protective Fluid SPF30

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