Celebrities And Acne: How They Handle Them

Yes, you are reading it right, this article is going to be about celebrities who, like us, mere mortals, struggle with acne. Although it’s hard to believe, celebrities have to deal with acne and skin blemishes just like the rest of us. They need to take proper care of their skin (like maintaing a proper morning skincare routine) in order to look as fabulous and beautiful as they do – especially since they are constantly under the watchful eye of the media and their fans.

Okay, so, if they have access to top-of-the-line products and have the funds for a team of professional makeup artists who take care of them, they should be all set, right? As it turns out, not really, as more and more stars have started to talk about their struggles with acne openly, from treatments to the mental obstacles they had to overcome.

Comparing ourselves to heavily-photoshopped images of other people can be discouraging and disheartening to the point of damaging our self-esteem and self-perception. So, what we’ll do instead is take a glimpse behind the wall of perfection, and hear what some celebrities have to say about their struggle with acne, with the hope that some of this information will help you with your skin care issues.

So, let’s see what the celebs below  have to say on the matter of handling acne outbreaks or handling it psychologically:

Katy Perry

As impeccable as her face may look, Katy Perry isn’t afraid to talk about her imperfections. She has talked a lot about her experience with acne, pointing out that it had a detrimental effect on her mental health, with her acne scars making her feel insecure and very self-conscious.

Britney Spears

Britney was known to be struggling with chronic adult acne throughout her career, up to the point when she decided to visit a professional dermatologist and then get on a sugar-free diet, which stopped her acne from flaring up as often as it did. Sugary food causes insulin spikes, which can make your hormones to go haywire and wreak havoc on your face.

Cameron Diaz

In her own book, “The Body Book”, Diaz wrote that her skin used to be terrible and that she was embarrassed by it. But the poster child of health that she has become in recent years shows that she has come a long way, cutting junk food out of her daily diet, which in turn improved her skin condition significantly. Although there is no rock-solid scientific proof that your food regimen can cure acne, there is some evidence (and even more anecdotal evidence) that foods high on the glycemic index can definitely be a factor in acne breakouts.

Keira Knightley

Keira’s glowing complexion sure makes everyone envious, but this British beauty revealed that she had quite a lot of issues with her skin.

Her solution?

She decided to simply leave her skin be. She didn’t touch it, didn’t use as many products as before, and gradually her skin condition improved. The daily application of all sorts of makeup and exposing your face to heat and cold is already enough stress for the skin, so giving your skin a break might be just the thing your skin needs. Simple morning treatments consisting of moisturizer, concealer, and a nutrient-rich natural ingredient such as rosehip oil in her example, really helped her soothe any flaring and irritation.

Daisy Ridley

Sometimes, other conditions that we might even not be aware of can affect the condition of the skin on our face. In an Instagram post in 2016, Daisy Ridley revealed her long battle with endometriosis, which forced her to resort to antibiotics and other medical treatments, leaving her body in a bit of a mess and her self-confidence shattered. Ridley had a bad case of acne. After she got diagnosed with polycystic ovaries, treating it and cutting dairy and sugar out of her diet has done wonders for her face. She advises everyone not to be afraid or ashamed of their condition and to seek professional help, as your acne might be caused by something bigger than just the general triggers we usually blame.


Just like Ridley, the singer opened up about her struggles in an Instagram story, saying that she is tired of battling acne, having tried many drugs and that she’s just as tired of people giving her unsolicited advice on it. Lorde regularly posts updates on her skin treatments and photos comparing edited and original photos of her with the message “remember, flaws are OK”. So, take her advice – stay strong and remember that skincare is personal and just because your face isn’t perfect, it does not mean that you can’t and shouldn’t feel comfortable with it as you fight to keep pimples away.


Miley Cyrus

Miley admitted that bad skin was a big problem for her growing up. Using a lot of different products didn’t do much, but the help of professional dermatologists is what really helped her get acne under control. She says that removing makeup as soon as she gets home and washing her face regularly is now part of her daily routine. Nowadays, Miley is confident and happy with her skin and she regularly posts pictures of her acne and her treatments – sometimes even putting accessories on her pimples to cover them up in a fun way.

Alicia Keys

The poster girl of the no-makeup movement is somewhat of a perfect example of what happens when you come to terms with your skin and you feel happy and satisfied with your face. But it hasn’t always been like this. Alicia said that her good skin condition is a result of many years of battling blemishes and bumps. All of it culminating with her lowering dairy consumption and upping the amount of water she drinks every day. Dehydration can increase dead skin cells, which in turn can clog your pores and cause acne.

Kendall Jenner

The young model came under harsh criticism for her acne, but she shot the critics down by tweeting “never let that s— stop you!”. She has been using a combination of products to treat her acne, all which were recommended to her by her dermatologist. She says that she is trying to cover the whole process, from preventing an outbreak, to make sure that existing ones don’t leave scarring on her face. An extensive, but nonetheless effective treatment, as we can all see from her appearances in public.