If you’re struggling with acne or a skin disease, you’re definitely not alone. It turns out, a bunch of your favorite celebrities deal with the same problems, and they have been so open about it over the years.
Just take Hailey Baldwin, for example. The model took to Instagram on Monday, December 7, where she got real about her battle with perioral dermatitis, and fans were so proud of her.
“Since I like to be as transparent as possible about my skin: I have something called perioral dermatitis, which I’ve had for a few years now,” she wrote on her Instagram Stories. “It gets triggered by different things and usually shows up on my cheeks, around my mouth or sometimes around and under my eyes. Somethings that I notice trigger it: trying a new product, a product that’s too harsh, weather, masks, [and] sometimes certain SPF.”
The star also stressed the importance of seeing a doctor, and not trying to self diagnose it if you have a problem.
“It took me getting the proper diagnosis from a dermatologist, after stubbornly trying to treat it myself,” Baldwin continued. “Sometimes it gets so irritated only a prescription cream will calm it down. Self diagnosis is a no-no.”
In an episode of his Facebook show, the “Yummy” crooner got real about how his struggles with acne have impacted his self confidence.
“It definitely bugs me. I wear a hat a lot more, which then probably makes it a lot worse,” he admitted. “It’s the worst for your self-confidence [especially because of] all these filters on Instagram. People are like looking perfect with their skin and you feel like that’s a reality, but in reality a lot of people probably have bad skin.”
But now, his skin is doing a lot better, and his wife, Baldwin, actually helped him get through it! She explained on TikTok, “Justin went through a couple months of really bad adult onset acne… I went through trying to figure out what works for him… and probably four or five months ago he went on [Roaccutane] to help… and that medication is extremely drying so I was kind of trying to help him through that process.”
“He was using ointments on his skin, because he felt like his skin was literally falling off, so helping him figure out what products would be hydrating without being oily… we found the right combo for him that worked… Now his skin looks great and it’s glowing,” she added.
Kardashian suffers from an autoimmune condition called psoriasis, which causes rashes on your skin.
“When I was 25, I had my first psoriasis flare-up. I got a common cold, and since psoriasis is an autoimmune condition, this triggered it. It was all over my stomach and legs,” she once said. “For the past eight years, although the spots are unpredictable, I can always count on my main spot on my right lower leg, which consistently stays flared up. I have learned to live with this spot without using any creams or medication—I just deal. Sometimes I cover it up and sometimes I don’t. It doesn’t really bother me.”
Taking to Instagram last month, Keke Palmer revealed that she has polycystic ovary syndrome, which caused acne.
“My acne has been so bad that people in my field offered to pay for me to get it fixed,” the former Disnety star wrote, alongside a makeup-free selfie. “I tried EVERYTHING. I did Accutane TWICE. People say drink water, have a better diet, but I did all that, I ate all the ‘right’ things, my blood tests were fine.”
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She continued, “My skin has made me sad many nights but I do not give up on myself. I know this is not me and my body has been looking for help. I do not have a medical degree but I did the research and took what I learned to a doctor and that led them to a proper diagnosis. I’m not saying trust Web MD for everything haha but what I am saying is no one can help us like we can help ourselves … To all the people struggling with this please know you’re not alone and that you are still so f**king fine! MY ACNE AIN’T NEVER STOPPED ME. But we don’t have accept this. Now I can really help KEKE! And I love her so it’s ON. Pray for me on this journey and I will pray for you too. I’m not afraid to show myself to the world and you shouldn’t be either”
During a previous interview with Bustle, Kendall Jenner revealed that she started getting breakouts as a freshman in high school. She got her acne under control when she started taking birth control in 2016, but when she stopped two years later, it came back.
“I experienced [acne] in two different times in my life. One being high school, when all you’re trying to do is be accepted and be part of something, and I wouldn’t even look people in the eyes when I would speak to them,” she explained. “The next time it came around, I was supposed to be this model who has everything together. That’s never the case, first of all — good skin or not. But the whole world is looking at you, and it’s like a magnifying glass on everything that you do and what happens to you.”
The model said that when she started using Proactiv, it changed her life.
“I love that I can be vulnerable in this situation and show people that I’m human, too,” Jenner concluded. “And I hopefully can set a sort of example that it’s OK, and everyone deals with stuff like this.”
Back in 2018, Lili Reinhart revealed via Instagram that she had cystic acne, and that it definitely effected her self confidence.
“I have a cystic breakout on my forehead currently. And I had to do a photoshoot all day long. I’ve had cystic acne since I was 12. And it has caused major self esteem issues ever since. I had to put my biggest insecurity on display,” she wrote on her Stories. “There was nowhere to hide. 20+ people were studying my face on the camera monitor at any given time during the 11 hour shoot. And, all I could think about when I was in front of the camera were the pimples on my forehead.”
“I’m not sure if or when I’ll ever be able to accept my skin as it is,” she added. “But I’m hoping that someday I can feel beautiful even if I’m having a breakout. And that I won’t feel obsessive or paranoid.”
Selena Gomez has not been shy about her battles with acne.
“My chin gets it the worst because I hold my microphone as close to me as I possibly can, because some of my music has softer tones to it,” she once told Allure. “So the chin is always the first area that I treat. I usually put a mask on and a humidifier on my face after my show.”
The star also told Vogue, “I’ve for sure had acne and usually it’s kind of all in the T-zone. I try not to pick at anything. Sometimes that’s hard.”
Cara Delevingne has psoriasis, and it’s actually the reason she started to focus on acting instead of modeling.
“People would put on gloves and not want to touch me because they thought it was, like, leprosy or something,” she recalled to Daily Mail. “It wasn’t a good time, I was, like, fight and flight for months. Just constantly on edge. It is a mental thing as well because if you hate yourself and your body and the way you look, it just gets worse and worse.”
“I remember the first time I started to get acne, I started to see all these little bumps under my skin, and it just made me feel very insecure every time someone would look to me or talk to me,” Bella Thorne said in a previous video.
As for how she got rid of her acne, the actress revealed via Instagram that she used something called a pore vacuum, which is a container filled with sebum and skin particles, and 12 microneedles to treat her skin.
Back in 2018, Zendaya shared her frustrations with her acne on Twitter, and it was so relatable. Alongside a Meme, she wrote, “My hormonal breakouts popping up every month unwelcome, just when I think I got my skin on lock.”
My hormonal breakouts popping up every month unwelcome, just when I think I got my skin on lock pic.twitter.com/LZt4XMbE9O— Zendaya (@Zendaya) August 8, 2018
While talking to W Magazine, the Spider-Man star opened up about her skin routine, and she explained that wearing sunscreen, drinking water and taking her makeup off before bed has helped improve her skin condition.
“It doesn’t matter if I exfoliate or if I’m too tired—as long as my makeup is off, I’m fine,” she said, adding that coconut oil also helped keep her moisturized. “I feel like people would think it would make you break out, but it doesn’t make you break out. I put it everywhere — in my hair, on my body. It’s the answer.”