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15 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Have Acne

15 Celebrities You Didn't Know Have Acne.

Everyone deals with the occasional spot, but for those with severe acne, it’s different.

Six or seven years ago, a friend of mine was trying to convince me to read Charles Bukowski‘s book Ham On Rye, but being the semi-pretentious creative writing major that I was, I didn’t feel super interested. “I like his poetry,” I said, “but I really doubt I’ll be into a whiney memoir of a grumpy writer’s childhood.” He replied, “He stood outside his prom with toilet paper covering his bloody pimples because he felt so ashamed of his acne.” I know it sounds odd, but up until that point, I had been ignorant to just how debilitating acne can be. And given my internalized glorification of successful, famous people, I just sort of assumed every celebrity’s skin, hair, body and life were perfect unless otherwise noted.

We all have issues with our appearances (well, most of us, at least), but there is a particular type of self-loathing my friends who have acne as adults experience on a regular basis. While I was too absorbed in my own issues as a middle schooler to note that brand of anxiety, I am sure it is equally (if not more) stressful as a preteen and teenager dealing with severe acne, what with appearance being a remarkable contributor to how everyone treats you.

It is fairly easy to cover up one pimple, but as we saw with Cassandra Bankson‘s video a couple years ago, doing full base makeup when you’ve got cystic acne is an intense process that utilizes multiple techniques. But if you have experienced acne problems, the good news is that you’re definitely not alone. Tons of famous people have dealt with acne, even in industries where their faces are in the spotlight constantly (Bankson included). Of course, they have infinite dermatologists, aestheticians and spas at their disposal, but it’s still a really tough battle to face when you’re so frequently being photographed and scrutinized. Let’s take a look at some of those celebs, shall we?

All photos via Getty Images unless otherwise noted.

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  • Lindsey Conklin

    it’s strange, but this is comforting haha

  • Amanda

    The least shocking (and by that I mean not at all) person on this list is Lorde. I mean, she’s 16. Acne is kinda in the teen description.

  • Cyndy

    You’re a creative writing major and you’re not interested in Bukowski’s autobiography?? Wow, you’re not semi-pretentious, you are full on stupid.

    • Samantha Escobar

      Oh yeah, being reluctant to read the memoir of a well-known misogynist makes me SUCH a dumb cunt! High five for your wit!

  • sharonuk1989

    They must have used Belli’s Anti Blemish Facial Wash…

  • annnnnnnnnn

    I developed it this year and I’m 27 :(

  • Mark Clair

    Oh really? I didn’t know this. I just thought celebrities do care their
    skin a lot. Why haven’t they tried any treatments? I think there are
    many cosmetic clinics in Port Coquitlam where acne therapy treatments are available. They could have tried a therapy.

  • http://celebrityacne2.blogspot.com/ Med mgani

    Jessica Alba, aged 31, is a model, actress and mother of two children. She also has issues with acne. You can find acne on her cheeks in the image above.

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