The only thing WORSE than problem skin, is feeling like you’re the only one in the world struggling with it.
Anyone who suffers from acne, rosacea, eczema, pimples, pigmentation or psoriasis — or has done in the past — knows it can be seriously isolating, but the truth is, you’re not alone. Even ~flawless~ A-listers have bad skin days/months/years.
We’ve rounded up a bunch of celebs who got hella real about their skin issues. So next time your skin is having a freakout or flare up remember, it happens to these guys too...
Lena Dunham: “A few weeks ago, a course of steroids to treat a massive flare of joint pain and instability led to rosacea appearing overnight, making me look like a scary Victorian doll, two perfect pink circles painted on her porcelain face... I washed my face to reveal that the rosacea had become hundreds of tiny pimple-blisters that covered me from forehead to neck. My face burned, but not as badly as my pride.” The Girls star wrote openly about getting rosacea and how it affected her self-esteem in a recent Lenny Letter.
Emma Stone: “I had bad hormonal acne when I was 17, and they put me on Accutane for it... Then, I had stress acne when I was 20, when I did Easy A, which they kindly video-airbrushed out of the movie. But I realised how debilitating and embarrassing it can be to have cystic acne... I'm vigilant about skincare across the board, both with sun and breakouts,” the actress told Refinery29. Be a smart cookie like Emma and wear sunscreen each day. We rate triple-threat Elucent Whitening Day Moisturiser SPF 30*, $49.99. It hydrates, protects against UV damage and evens skin tone.
Kendall Jenner: “I started having skin issues around the 8th or 9th grade [when she was 14 or 15]. It completely ruined my self-esteem. I wouldn't even look at people when I talked to them. I felt like such an outcast; when I spoke, it was with my hand covering my face... Even after things started to clear up, it took a solid amount of time to be okay with my skin and gain back my confidence. I realised that it’s a part of life for some people, and it doesn't define who you are.” WORD. The model shared her teenage skin issues on her app back in 2015.
Chrissy Teigen: “This is my skin on my period. Look at it. So angry. Oww,” shared Chrissy on Snapchat. It’s not the first time the mum-of-one has kept it real on social media. In the past she’s shared everything from her stretch marks to her post-pregnancy “red spots”, but this snap is her best yet.
Kim Kardashian: “I don't even really try to cover it that much anymore. Sometimes I just feel like it's my big flaw and everyone knows about it, so why cover it? I’m always hoping for a cure, of course, but in the meantime, I’m learning to just accept it as part of who I am,” Kim wrote on her website in reference to her psoriasis. Although accepting of the autoimmune disease, the reality star took to Twitter earlier this year to share her distress at the psoriasis spreading to her face — thought to have been caused by the stress from her Paris robbery ordeal. ALL OF THE CRYING EMOJIS.
Miley Cyrus: “I had kind of bad skin when I was younger and that was always my insecurity, especially being on TV because [the camera was like] right here, and this was even before the HD situation. You think that’s the only thing people can see,” the regular pimple ‘grammer told The Kit.
Kerry Washington: “I’ve been seeing a dermatologist since I was six years old for eczema. I really believe in exfoliating and I also use a red light for dealing with bacteria. I have one that I travel with,” Kerry told ELLE. Just like Olivia Pope, Kerry takes a fix-it approach to her skin, drinking heaps of water and avoiding dairy as that triggers her eczema to flare up.
Ashley Benson: “I had just come back from Milan and I needed to put zit cream everywhere because it was a long flight. I thought I might as well show that everybody gets acne and it’s nothing to hide. I never really do it for any specific reason. Sometimes I just get breakouts and I’m like, ‘Oh, I’ll show that I have acne today!” I’m not shy about that stuff. I think it’s really important for fans to know that everybody deals with it and you’re not alone, and you’re completely normal,” the PLL star told Teen Vogue about her epic pimple cream selfies. Repeat, you’re completely normal.
Bella Thorne: “Real skin alert 🚨 it’s no secret I struggle w acne. Sometimes it’s clear and sometimes it’s just not. I’m very self conscious and constantly feeling bad about myself. BUT I shouldn’t feel bad. It is normal to have acne. EVERY1 does! It’s only our society and social media outlets like this one that tells us we have to have "perfect skin" to be considered socially acceptable. I'm here to tell you rn F&CK THAT. I’m going to show my skin for what is it and own it. No matter what any1 says. #ownit #beyou #acne #purebeauty #nofilter #lol.” BEST INSTAGRAM CAPTION EVERRRRRRRRRR, BELLA.
Cara Delevingne: “It only happened during the Fashion Weeks, which are, of course, the worst time of year for me to be covered in scabs... Kate Moss saw me before the Louis Vuitton show at 3am when I was being painted by people to cover the scabs. She said, ‘This is horrible! Why is this happening? I need to help you.’” Cara got candid about her chronic psoriasis with W magazine in 2013. Since she’s walked the red carpet with flared-up skin like a TOTAL BOSS.
Mindy Kaling: “It wasn’t even one of those stoic pimples that goes quietly when you pop it; this one was cystic and painful and had roots that seemed to extend into my brain.” NBD, just Mindy talking casually (cough in great detail) about the pimple life in her book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?.
Amanda Seyfried: “I mean, my pimples come hormonally every month,” Amanda told Allure. Oh, and if you want more proof that celebs are just like us, this was the actress’ response when asked if she ever has skin probs like the rest of us: “F&ck yeah. Eczema on my face. It came back a few years ago. I think it was anxiety.” Given her skin is ~flawless~ RN, it’s also legit proof that skin can get better.
Rihanna: “I have an ugly day every month; pimples on my face, I’m fat and in a bad mood. It’s more like an ugly week,” Rihanna revealed to Star Magazine. She also revealed her bad skin action plan to ELLE: “When I feel like my skin has had it, I cut all the alcohol completely and overdo the water.” Then she adds lipstick. “It draws attention away from any flaws.”
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