You are sitting in front of the mirror, looking at yourself. Under the spotlight, you are starting to notice the surface of your skin: open pores, bumps, lines, and strands of hair. We've all been there. All these things give us identity, but also insecurity.
Personally, I applaud everyone who is brave and self-assured enough not to be bothered by this issue. But in reality, that’s hardly ever the case. We have an emotional connection with the things we see on ourselves. If you ever had this issue, you know that it's more than skin deep - they take a toll on our mental health as well.
Approximately 80% of all people will experience acne between the ages of 12 and 25. Studies have shown that people who develop acne have a 60% higher risk of depression than those who have never had this condition. Sometimes we are so attuned to our flaws that all we see is that blasted pimple. Lowered self-esteem, bullying problems, and withdrawal from social activities are common struggles on a daily basis.
But what happens when you can't really lay low? Can you imagine, having to be in the spotlight every day? Cameras that represent a million eyes, all expecting perfection, pointed at you. Welcome to the life of celebrities who are battling acne.
Professional photoshoots, photoshop, fancy cameras, beauty filters, and expensive make-up products might be enough to create an illusion for the audience, - and it works! Millions of people idolize celebrities, and consider them so perfect they’re unreachable...
Well, we may fail to forget they are just people, but biology doesn't. They experience the same hormonal changes, which means they deal with skin issues just as frequently as us regular people.
Nah, you’re still a little skeptical that you and Rihanna can have the same insecurities when looking in the mirror. Let’s try to convince you otherwise - here are some celebrities that have a problem with acne - and their take on the matter.
Miley Cyrus is never afraid to show her real self. In many interviews, she has told her fans how growing up with bad skin made her insecure and left her feeling like everyone was staring at her flawed skin. She believes that our skin definitely affects how confident we are.
Her Advice: First, never go to bed without washing your face, and second, clean your brushes frequently. Eat organically to get the chemicals out of your body.
Bella Thorne is really open about her acne problem. She often addresses this issue in posts on her Instagram account. She puts herself out there so that people can see who she really is.
"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,” she revealed on her Instagram. Can you believe, there was a time she didn't even want to go to her own premiere because of a bad breakout?
Her Advice: Here's one beauty tip that I just love. When doing your make-up put a darker base first then a lighter one. Don’t swipe it on. Dot it in! What also helps is using a green-tinted concealer for the redness under your layer of foundation. Also, try to invest in a good make-up removal kit that won't make your face red and irritated.
Another superstar that doesn't let her acne scars hold her back is Katy Perry. "One of my insecurities is that I have acne scars. I'm self-conscious about that so sometimes I wear too much makeup to cover them up. When you suffer from blemishes, you don't feel very free," the singer reveals.
Her Advice: Maintain a healthy diet and drink a lot of water.
Eva Longoria suffers from oily skin and breakouts. We can all agree she is still perfect!
Her Advice: Avoid alcohol-based products since they can dry out skin. It's all about moisturizing - hydration is important.
Highest paid model in fashion, Kendall Jenner, deals with acne on a regular basis, just like the rest of us. “I had such bad acne when I was younger. 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,” she explains.
Her Advice: Be gentle with your skin routine. Never wash your face with anything abrasive. Wash your face frequently and make sure you remove all your make-up.
Alicia Keys wasn't silent about her no make-up journey. You might remember her astonishingly clear skin, but she has also dealt with skin problems once. She says it took her forever to get this skin. She knows how it feels to have a face full of bumps and pimples, and even worse - how it feels to live through it in the public eye.
Her Advice: Drink a lot of water and avoid dairy. Eat healthy and exercise.
Ruby Rose fell victim to the tabloids because of her weight and acne problems. Reporters claimed she had an eating disorder, and that I was taking its toll on her face. Ruby responded, "I mean it sucks...for me, I don't see how it's bothering so many others? But, I'm a human. It happens...one side of my face is clear and the other is a mess."
Her Advice: Blemishes can’t take away your beauty. Don't be ashamed of it, it's a natural thing.
The badass diva revealed she has bad weeks with pimples on her face. That doesn’t stop her from shining on the red carpet though.
Her Advice: Cut out all alcohol and overdo the water. Also, wear red lipstick - it draws attention away from any flaws.
According to Emma, she has had bad hormonal acne as a teenager. Later, in her 20s she had to deal with them again, this time from stress. She had acne during the filming of Easy-A but got video-airbrushed to remove them from the movie.
Her Advice: Go to your dermatologist. Don’t get too crazy with your skin-care products, especially if you have sensitive skin.
We often tend to forget how common this problem is, and how many people have to live with it every day. However, if the amazing red-carpet ladies can pull it off, you can do it too!
Don't let the pimples direct your life. Below are some tips on how to feel better in times of breakouts.