5 Things Celebs Use To Treat Their Acne

Considering celebs have access to the world’s best dermatologists plus the $$$ to splurge on whatever treatment is deemed necessary, we love hearing about their skincare rituals. Especially, when it comes to a skincare issue as common as acne. We’ll be real with you guys; when it comes to treating acne it can be kinda frustrating as there are SO many different factors that come into play, from hormones and stress to inflammatory foods and sometimes just because. However, there are also tons of treatments to soothe and calm acne-prone skin, and different things work for different people. So, we tapped five celeb-approved methods to show you guys some treatment options you might not have thought about before.

1. Kendall Jenner

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According to Kendall’s dermatologist Dr. Kidd, Kendall takes her skincare regime very seriously. But it wasn’t just a consistent regime that helped – Kendall, credits laser genesis for soothing her acne-prone skin. The non-invasive laser treatment addresses fine lines, large pores, uneven skin tone, and of course acne, and acne scars. The laser works by heating the upper layer of the skin (the papillary dermis) increasing skin cell production, which will help heal any existing pimples, as well as lessen the appearance of acne scars.

Kendall is also a spokeswoman for Proactiv, who revealed that Kendall Jenner uses the ProactivMD line of products that contain a retinoid formulated to fight acne. For more deets on how retinol can help acne, read this.

2. Bella Thorne

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Bella Thorne recently revealed that the secret behind her soothed skin wasn’t a fancy product or $300 dollar treatment, but one of the most basic skincare solutions: she stopped (over) washing her face. Instead of washing her face twice a day, she began only washing it at night and noticed an immediate improvement. While washing twice a day works fine for many people, over washing your face can be seriously detrimental, as Bella experienced.

By using cleansers that are too harsh (or maybe it’s just your skin), you can upset the skin’s water lipid-protein balance, weakening the defensive layer of your skin, which means bacteria is more easily able to penetrate, thereby increasing the likelihood of a breakout. You could also be stripping your skin of its natural oils, and potentially dehydrating your skin. As a result, your skin will try to compensate for the lack of moisture and produce even more oil, upping your risk of blocked pores that can lead to breakouts.

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3. Emma Stone

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Emma Stone has always been open about her struggle with acne and we love her for it. She told Refinery 29 that her journey started with an Accutane prescription (a capsule form of Vitamin A) when she was 17. However, after just two months Emma stopped taking the medicine as it was drying out her skin. Now, when a breakout hits, she visits the derm’s office for a cortisone shot: “Whenever it’s been really bad, I’ve gone to the dermatologist to get those cortisone shots. They’re amazing. They’re kind of a miracle. But also kind of terrifying because this huge needle is coming at your face.”

Cortisone shots are basically a diluted corticosteroid that is injected into your pimple, cyst or nodule, by a derm. Within a few hours, your pimple will have pretty much peaced out, however, cortisone shots aren’t really a long-term solution for acne, more of a last resort if you have a cyst that’s painful or just won’t quit, or maybe your wedding the next day! Cortisone shots aren’t cheap either and typically range between $25 to $100.

Olivia Munn has also been open about using cortisone shots to combat acne and even told E! that she knows a lot of celebs with acne who use this method of treatment.

4. Cameron Diaz

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In her book The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body, $13, Cameron said that she once had “terrible, terrible, skin” which she tried to treat with “the harshest prescriptions.” However, the only thing that helped prevent and soothe her breakouts was a better, cleaner diet. Cameron ditched fast food and noticed an improvement in her skin; “My acne wasn’t totally gone, but it was significantly better.”

Natalie Portman also thanks a healthier diet for happier skin, revealing it wasn’t until she went vegan and cut out dairy that her skin cleared up. So although going vegan isn’t totally necessary, it’s 100% true that your diet majorly impacts your skin. Make sure you avoid these breakout-inducing foods and replace them with these skin-loving ingredients instead.

5. Katy Perry

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Katy Perry said that despite the fact that she’s no longer a brand ambassador to Proactiv, she still uses their products daily. She told Refinery 29 “Proactiv doesn’t pay me anymore – I have no relationship with them besides the fact that they’ve helped me so much,” she said. “When I was 23, I had really bad skin, I had spent thousands and thousands of dollars on dermatologists and lasers, and then I started using Proactiv and I still use it to this day. I don’t use the trio, just the Skin Smoothing Exfoliator – Step 1, $48, and the Revitalizing Toner, $25.” Katy isn’t the only celeb who credits Proactiv; Kendall Jenner, the current brand ambassador, as well as Bella Thorne and Justin Bieber, also rave about their products.

If you have acne-prone skin, check out our ultimate guide to treating and calming acne.

13 celebrities with acne struggles just like us normal folks

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Famous people are just like us, which means despite the photoshop and professional makeup jobs there are still a lot of celebrities with acne and who struggle with a variety of skin woes. Since we face a constant flurry of perfectly-curated media, it’s healthy to remind ourselves that even the most gorgeous and privileged among us deal with monthly hormonal breakouts or constant flare-ups of cystic acne. At the end of the day, skin is just skin and it doesn’t care who you are, it will do its thing (which unfortunately isn’t always to our favor).

Rather than unfairly comparing ourselves to heavily-edited images of strangers, we’d rather settle into real talk and share some of the celebrities who have opened up about their skin struggles. Hopefully, this knowledge will help you feel less alone in your skin care journey. In the least, it might further humanize one of your favorite celebrities who previously seemed untouchable. After all, who wants to idolize people who are completely unrelatable (boooring).

As you read this, we encourage you to pour yourself a hot beverage and settle into your couch whilst imagining how flawless you’d look if you had access to celebrity makeup artists and professional lighting. We’re all in this skin game together — some people just have better resources.

Here are some celebrities who know the acne struggle all too well.

While the Riverdale star absolutely glows in her role as Betty, she recently shared with HelloGiggles that she struggles with blemishes and uses a daily acne cleanser as part of her routine (we are still unsure of the brand). So the next time you see Betty killing it, just know that she’s working hard to figure out her skin regimen like you are.

2Katy Perry

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The “California Girl” herself may look picture perfect, but she’s been very open about her acne woes, her love of Proactiv, and the important role a healthy diet plays in maintaining clear and happy skin. “Bad skin really made me want to hide. I’d wear makeup to bed or stay in if I had a bad breakout,” Perry said. Luckily for us, she hasn’t let those feelings hold her back.

3Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne has been really open about her struggles with acne, and now as the face of Biore skin care, she’s excited to share and experiment with products to treat blemishes that she can share with her fans. One of her favorites is the Biore Acne Charcoal Scrub ($7.59). In this Instagram caption she writes, “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 FUCK THAT. I’m going to show my skin for what is it and own it. No matter what any1 says.” AMEN.

4Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus has a pretty amazing Instagram track record full of photos of her wearing zit creams, pore-cleansing masks, and even finding creative ways to cover up zits (glitter and flowers are a go-to). It’s pretty refreshing seeing such a high-profile pop star confidently own her skin care routine like that.

5Lorde

Another one of our pop faves who knows the power of a good zit cream is none other than Lorde herself. She’s shared Instagram photos of her acne treating process in a casual DGAF way we love so much. “In Paris with my zit cream on,” she writes.

6Kendall Jenner

Just because the Kardashians are known for impeccable skin, doesn’t mean they’re immune to getting a stress breakout. Kendall Jenner has had her fair share of acne flare-ups and deals with it during especially pressure-filled times such as Fashion Week. Just like the rest of us, she knows all too well how skin likes to freak out when we need it not to.”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,” Kendall told Glamour.

7Cameron Diaz

The poster child of health, Cameron Diaz, has been pretty open about the importance of a balanced diet. She’s shared how her intense junk food phase set off a period of hormonal acne following her teen years. “I didn’t realize all that fried, greasy, processed artificial crap was setting off a hormonal surge that sent my skin into crazy town,’ Diaz told Medical Daily. Obviously food can affect people differently, and Cameron figured out junk food and her skin didn’t get along.

8Rihanna

When RiRi’s not busy being the queen of Fenty Beauty, she also understands the struggle of a hormonal breakout. She once told Star Magazine about how she expects her period breakouts like clockwork.”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.” We feel you girl.

9Rachel Bloom

The brilliant Crazy Ex-Girlfriend creator Rachel Bloom knows how to write a smart and funny show that hits on the many realities of being a woman. In keeping with her open persona onscreen, she’s not afraid to share her skin struggles offscreen. Bloom shared a very relatable Instagram post while shooting the show that revealed her stress breakout. “The middle of shooting the season (around episode 8) is peak time for my hormones to run amok due to a hectic schedule. Try to spot the bloating, fatigue and zits and win a prize! (But hopefully you won’t thanks to @srollertaylor).”

10Lucy Hale

The Pretty Little Liars star is no stranger to a good zit cream, and she has a sense of humor about the struggles of treating acne in the public eye. She once shared a papparazzi photo on her Instagram that shows her donning zit cream and captioned it: “When you’re caught with zit cream and a really chic outfit.”

11Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling shares her whole skin care routine (which includes LASERS) in her hilarious book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns, and she’s also joked about how annoying it is to deal with acne in her 30s on Instagram. “That zit cream in your 30s life. At least I’m not going on the Tonight Show later today,” she wrote.

12Kerry Washington

While it may seem near impossible to spot a blemish on Scandal’s Olivia Pope, Kerry Washington told Elle how her secret to staving away blemishes is all about the science. “I’ve always understood the connection between science and skin. I’ve been seeing a dermatologist since I was 6 years old for eczema. I really believe in exfoliating and I also use a red light for dealing with bacteria.” Basically, Washington has been on her skin care game since day one.

13Britney Spears

One of the best things about Britney Spears is that despite stardom at a young age, she always keeps it down to earth. When it comes to her skin, Spears told Hollywood Life that laser resurfacing and a sugar-free diet are the ways she’s combated adult acne.

We hope this list makes you feel less alone in your skin care journey, we’re all out here trying to figure it all out too.

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9. “I mean, I had terrible, terrible, skin. It was embarrassing, and I did everything I could think of to make it go away. I tried to cover it with makeup. I tried to get rid of it with medication: oral, topical, even the harshest prescriptions. Nothing helped for very long.

“Looking back, I realize that I hadn’t needed those prescription drugs, those vials of potions and creams. hadn’t needed to be angry at my skin or feel bad about myself. I had just needed to LISTEN TO MY BODY. … acne was my body’s alarm system, it was way of telling me .” —Cameron Diaz

10. “You try to tell yourself that you’re fine and it’s all good — and you really should be fine — but it definitely affects you. You want to do what you can to make you feel good.” —Julianne Hough

11. “I had a terrible bout of acne after I turned 30. I kept reading about my sodding dewy complexion and thinking, ‘Oh sh*t, look at me, I’m covered in bloody spots, proper cystic bumps, if only they knew.’” —Kate Winslet

12. “I didn’t know I was meeting , and I was so jet-lagged I didn’t know what was going on. I was in jeans and had acne — you know the kind where nothing is going to cover it — so I put a hat on. I remember somebody making a (negative) comment about it and I just thought, ‘I’m wearing a hat because I’ve got acne.’” —Keira Knightley

13. “So now I’m flirting with death, hustling like a G / While victory wasn’t watching took chances repeatedly / As a teenage boy before acne / Before I got proactive I couldn’t face she.” —”History,” Jay Z

14. “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 realized how debilitating and embarrassing it can be to have cystic acne.” —Emma Stone

15. “I went through a time where I was really depressed. Like, I locked myself in my room and my dad had to break my door down. I had really bad skin and I felt really bullied because of that. But I never was depressed because of the way someone else made me feel. I just was depressed.

“I had kind of bad skin when I was younger and that was always my insecurity, especially being on TV because right here, and this was even before the HD situation. You think that’s the only thing people can see.” —Miley Cyrus

16. “When I see a pimple on my face I say, ‘Ughhh I hate this, I must cover this, I must pop it.’” —Bella Thorne

17. “That zit cream in your 30s life. At least I’m not going on The Tonight Show later today.” —Mindy Kaling

18. “I wear so much spot cream at night, I have more on than my mum.” —Harry Styles

19. “Bad skin really made me want to hide. I’d wear makeup to bed or stay in if I had a bad breakout.” —Katy Perry

20. “There are some things that just come with being a teenager. Your feet grow like crazy. I can’t stop that. Your hormones kick in. I don’t want to stop that. And then there’s zits. I can stop that.” —Justin Bieber

21. “highly recommend the new yayoi kusama they just installed on the upper west side of my face.” —Tavi Gevinson

22. “I have the same breakouts as everybody else.” —Scarlett Johansson

23. “I’ve been quite lucky because I don’t really get spots. At school and as a teenager I never had spots so I don’t really know how to deal with them.” —Alexa Chung

24. “I never had bad skin. But my sister had really, really bad skin growing up.” —Kylie Jenner

25. “I’ve always been told I have good skin.” —Gwyneth Paltrow

44 Stars With Acne Who Prove You’re Not The Only One

Miley Cyrus

Growing up onscreen, Miley had to live those awkward teen years in the spotlight. That alone is pretty impressive, but she also did it whilst dealing with grim skin problems. She said: “I used to have really bad breakouts. My mom took me in to see a doctor and we sorted that out. But it made me really insecure.”
However, according to AceShowbiz Miley is tough on what she eats and drinks now to avoid outbreaks. She said she eats: “all organic products”, and that: “getting all those chemicals out of your body is the best thing.”

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham has always had pretty bad skin problems, and apparently was once nicknamed ‘Spotty Spice’ (sad face). However, she couldn’t look MORE flawless today, and apparently it’s all thanks to her legendary dermatologist Dr Lancer (who also treats Kim Kardashian, just FYI). Victoria told Elle magazine: “I swear by Dr Lancer products. He’s a dermatologist that I met in Los Angeles. I started going to him for oxygen facials, and I haven’t looked back.
“I don’t really use products other than his. I keep it quite simple with a really good polish, then an exfoliating cleanse, then I use a nourish cream, which is a really beautiful moisturiser.”

Britney Spears

Britney’s skin now looks like a glowing angels, but a few years ago she went through a rough patch and her skin suffered from it. ​According to Hollywoodlife, Britney ditched the acne by using laser resurfacing with a dermatologist, a procedure that clears away bad skin cells and prevents an outbreak. Though it’s meant to be pretty pricey, these dermatologists definitely seem to know what they’re doing.

Pixie Lott

Poor old Pixie has had a rough time with acne. Apparently it was particularly bad when she started out, but she has found a way to control it. She told Express online: “I usually find I get breakouts when I am really busy and don’t have much time to look after my skin properly.”

Cameron Diaz

In her book, The Body Book, Cameron doesn’t hold back from admitting exactly what the problem was with her skin. She said: “I did everything I could think of to make it go away… It was awkward and embarrassing and frustrating, and I always felt really bad about myself.”
However, she soon realised that it was probably her diet that was causing the problem. She said after she stopped eating fast food every: “a funny thing happened…my skin began to clear up! My acne wasn’t totally gone, but it was significantly better. Looking back, I realise that I hadn’t needed those prescription drugs, those vials of potions and creams…I hadn’t needed to be angry at my skin or feel bad about myself. I had just needed to LISTEN TO MY BODY.”

Kate Moss

Kate Moss turns to oil as her to-go skin product, and told Glamour: “I love using oils at night, they make you feel like your skin has been restored; oils are just so nourishing for the skin.”

Rihanna

Rihanna has admitted that even she has her off days with pimples, and we love her for it. Speaking to Star magazine, she said: “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.”
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Eva Longoria

Eva might have her bad skin days, so she knows the importance of finding a way to beat the blemishes to have healthy skin. According to the Desperate Housewives actor, it’s all about the moisturiser. In an interview with Hello! magazine she said: “Moisturising. Because I fly so much, hydration is important. When you have good skin, everything else kind of falls into place. Also, I use blush with shimmer in it. That way, your skin glows and people notice it.”

Holly Willoughby

Holly’s had her break ups, but she is still absolutely flawless! Much like Cameron, she sees a difference when she is healthier and claims water is the best thing for her skin. She told Marie Claire: “I do drink a lot of water and when I do I notice a huge difference in my skin.”

Amanda Seyfried

Forget healthy food or water, Amanda is ALL about the products to sort out her skin! Speaking to Allure.com, she said: “Every month I tended to get pimples in the centre of my face. I always needed that concealer stick to cover them up. But since I’ve been using the Clé de Peau skin care, I have such clear skin, it’s amazing.”
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Published on 12 May, 2018

It seems that celebrities are endowed with the most perfect skin, without any scars or marks on their faces. Well, we tend to make this perception because the on-screen look of celebrities is completely flawless. It seems that they have a perfect and clearer skin, just because they are able to use all types of expensive facial treatments. But, this is just our illusion, as we are not the only one to have skin problems. Celebrities are also prone to acne and other skin problems which becomes tough for them to hide sometimes.

Therefore, no one can escape from skin problems and even the most affluent and beautiful celebrities suffer from it. Fortunately, they are able to hide their scars with the help of make-up as their looks and appearance is their biggest asset. So, while spotting them off-screen and without make-up, we may even get surprised to see them. Here, check out the list of 10 beautiful celebrities with surprising acne scars, and get surprised to know their names.

#1 Britney Spears

There is no simple way to get rid of acnes; no matter you are capable of arranging all the recourses of this world. One of the most popular singers and actresses, Britney Spears proves it. Or there is a possibility that as she is managing both her career and her life at home, and is a mother of two children, it is getting difficult for her to pay attention to her skin and beauty, the result of which is appearing this way.

#2 Rihanna

Acnes do not discriminate between a celeb and a normal person. Singer Rihanna, a full time recording artist has also this skin problem. Hats off to her; at the age of 25, she is managing her cloud-touching singing career and side career in the acting field. But unfortunately, she couldn’t manage encountering with the acnes. Though it can be seen in her pictures that there are lesser acnes on her face, so, she can definitely get rid of them by consulting a good dermatologist.

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January 17, 2018 – 16:47 GMT Emmy Griffiths From dermatologists to cutting out diary products, find out how your favourite stars deal with their acne issues

We’ve all struggled with blemishes at some point or another in our lives, so why should celebrities be any different?” Many actresses, singers and reality show stars have had skin problems in the past, and whether they embraced their flaws or sought advice on how to improve their skin, they have some great suggestions on how to manage that irritating acne.

is all about moisturising to help with blemishes, and previously told HELLO! magazine: “Moisturising. Because I fly so much, hydration is important. When you have good skin, everything else kind of falls into place. Also, I use blush with shimmer in it. That way, your skin glows and people notice it.”

Eva swears by moisturiser

For Cameron, it was all about swapping her diet. Writing about acne in her book, The Body Book, she explained: “I mean, I had terrible, terrible skin. It was embarrassing. I used to eat a cheeseburger and fries every day. But once I stopped, a funny thing happened…my skin began to clear up. My acne wasn’t totally gone, but it was significantly better. Looking back, I realise that I hadn’t needed those prescription drugs, those vials of potions and creams… I hadn’t needed to be angry at my skin or feel bad about myself. I had just needed to LISTEN TO MY BODY.”

Cameron cut out junk food

Kendall Jenner

After looking stunning on the red carpet at the Golden Globes, Kendall owned her skin blemishes, tweeting: “Never let that stop you.” Chatting about her acne on her website back in 2015, she wrote: “I had such bad acne when I was younger; I remember it SO well. I started having skin issues around the 8th or 9th grade. I think I just got acne from being a teenager and simply growing up, which happens to SO many people. But, where it really impacted me was how self-conscious I became about it. It completely ruined my self-esteem.”

Kendall spoke about her blemishes after the Golden Globes

Lorde

Lorde has previously shared make-up free selfies while using spot cream, and took to Twitter to complain when photos emerged where her blemishes had been photoshopped out. Posting them next to the original snaps, she wrote: “I find this curious – two photos from today, one edited so my skin is perfect and one real. Remember flaws are OK.”

Lorde embraces her blemishes

Natalie Portman

For the Black Swan actress, it was all about cutting out a certain type of food – dairy! Natalie, who is also a vegan, told The Cut: “I cut out dairy and eggs, and I never had a breakout after. That was definitely a discovery.”

Natalie cut out diary

The mum-of-four has one man to thank for her beautiful skin, and previously told Elle magazine: “I swear by Dr Lancer products. He’s a dermatologist that I met in Los Angeles. I started going to him for oxygen facials, and I haven’t looked back. I don’t really use products other than his. I keep it quite simple with a really good polish, then an exfoliating cleanse, then I use a nourish cream, which is a really beautiful moisturiser.”

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Victoria swears by eating salmon

Miley admitted that bad skin was a big problem for her when she was younger, and revealed that she left it up to the professionals to fix after attempting to use products made it worse. She told The Cut: “I had kind of bad skin when I was younger and that was always my insecurity, especially being on TV… You think that’s the only thing people can see… You get out of control, you start reaching for whatever and you end up messing up your face. Let professionals do it and don’t start getting in there and giving yourself scars. All my doctors are like, ‘You try to self-diagnose.'”

Miley got advice from a doctor

Chloe Moretz

Chloe struggled with cystic acne while growing up, and revealed to Allure magazine that she went to Accutane to help clear her skin up. “I dealt with really bad cystic acne growing up,” she said. “I tried changing my diet and my beauty products before going on Accutane. was a long, hard, emotional process.”

Chloe uses Accutane

Rihanna’s advice is to drink plenty of water and distract from skin problems with a great lipstick. She told Cosmopolitan: “When I feel like my skin has had it, I cut out all alcohol and overdo the water,” adding the a bright lipstick “draws attention away from any flaws”. She also told Star magazine that her skin problems come around every now and again, explaining: “I have an ugly day every month; pimples on my face… It’s more like an ugly week.”

Rihanna drinks plenty of water

Kerry Washington

Kerry relies on help from a dermatologist for her problems with eczema. She told Elle magazine: “I’ve always understood the connection between science and skin. I’ve been seeing a dermatologist since I was 6 years old for eczema. I really believe in exfoliating and I also use a red light for dealing with bacteria.”

Kerry has seen a dermatologist for years

Celebrities with acne scars

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