The British Skin Foundation (BSF) and ITN Productions Industry News are co-producing “More than Skin Deep” a news-style programme looking at skin stigma, skin disease and mental health, misinformation and developments in dermatology.

Skin conditions and disease come in many different forms and affect around 60% of people in the UK at some point in their lives. While the seriousness of skin cancer is in no doubt, other conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis or rosacea may only be skin deep, but there is an increasing awareness of the effects they can have on mental health. A recent All-Party Parliamentary Group report reveals a worrying lack of mental health support for skin disease which can lead to stress, low self-esteem, depression and even suicide.

'More Than Skin Deep' will give straight talking and honest accounts from experts in skin disease as well as the people living with skin conditions. We will look at the connection between skin and mental health issues, how the prevalence of airbrushed and filtered images can skew the perception of real skin and how the recent pandemic may have exacerbated issues people may have about their skin as a result of increased face time online.

Anchored by an ITN Productions Industry New presenter, the programme will also highlight the degree of misinformation available on skin and skincare. Brands and consumers are more aware of ingredients that can cause skin conditions and as BSF are one of the UK’s leading supporters of skin disease research, the programme outlines the importance of R&D, brand accreditation and the latest exciting developments in dermatology. 

The programme will combine interviews with the industry figures, news-style reports and sponsored editorial profiles from leading organisations and industry innovators. The programme will launch at the British Association of Dermatologists’ Annual Conference taking place from 6th-8th July 2021 at the ICC, Birmingham.

Matthew Patey, CEO of British Skin Foundation said:

At the British Skin Foundation our mission is to help find cures and treatments for common conditions like acne and eczema through to potential killers like melanoma skin cancer. We’re looking forward to working with the talented ITN Productions team to help amplify our voice and tell the stories of those who are affected by skin disease and those who are fighting to beat it.

Elizabeth Fisher-Robins, Head of ITN Productions Industry News said: 

We’re delighted to be producing a programme in partnership with BSF that raises awareness of skin disease and its effects on mental health, the significance of social media and remote working on people’s self-perceptions and the exciting research and developments leading dermatology into the future.

For further information, or to participate in the programme, please contact:
Tamsin Luck, Programme Director, Industry News at ITN Productions: [email protected]