TV show cures Woodroffe student of acne curse

PUBLISHED: 07:27 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:52 15 June 2010

AN Axminster teenager has taken part in a television programme about embarrassing conditions in a bid to beat his battle against acne.

AN Axminster teenager has taken part in a television programme about embarrassing conditions - in a bid to beat his battle against acne.Tom Matthews, 16, of Brunenburg Way, who has suffered with severe acne for three years, appears on the UKTV Style Teen Spa of Embarrassing Illnesses.The Woodroffe School student, who has spots on his face, back and chest, had tried everything from acupuncture to antibiotics - but all without any success.At The Spa he discovers a simpler way to better control his acne - a healthier diet and exercise.Tom, who is currently studying A levels in mathematics, physics and business studies, said: "The Spa helped a lot. "The acne is almost completely gone, especially the redness, which I really didn't like. I'm like 'oh yeah'! "It was pretty much down to diet. "Some doctors say it has nothing to do with it, but that's absolute rubbish. "I exercise in the morning and am much healthier. "My skin feels better too, much softer."He said acupuncture had previously helped, but only to a point, and included taking 48 herbal pills a day. Also, he said it was an expensive treatment.So, when Tom saw an advert to go on the show in the Herald, he gave up his holiday in St Lucia to audition.After completing telephone interviews and producing a small video as part of the audition, Tom was accepted on the show.He said: "My mother was relieved! And I met really nice people on the show and we're great friends now. "I'm looking forward to seeing it on TV."Tom said he was never singled out for his skin condition but it did cause him discomfort."Having acne is a pain all the time. But I try to get over it and put it out of my mind. I don't let it take over my life at all," he said."People of my age don't call out names much - as it's likely they have spots too. "I've only had a couple of people call me names, once or twice, but they were just really annoying people."I think people understand how much you dislike it. "But I have never let it show. I would sometimes look in the mirror in the morning and it would give me a slight knock, but I would just move on."I've been doing acting since I was seven, so I've always been rather confident."Teen Spa of Embarrassing Illnesses, started on Monday, January 12, and will run until Friday, January 16, at 10pm.

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