What 10 Celebrities Have Said About Their Struggles with Acne

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We tend to hold celebrities to a higher, unearthly standard. (There’s no way Gigi Hadid isn’t actually an angel, right? Right?!) But underneath all the red carpet glamour, they’re just humans who deal with bad days and beauty issues, too. And behind the professional lighting and expert makeup application, many of them have struggled big time with acne, just like the rest of us. Check out what these 10 red carpet goddesses have had to say about their frustrating breakouts.

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Cameron Diaz

In her 2014 The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body, Cameron outlines her struggles with acne in her teen years and twenties. “I had terrible, terrible, skin,” she writes in the book. “It was awkward and embarrassing and frustrating, and I always felt really bad about myself.” She goes on to say that she tried just about every type of medication—topical, oral, prescriptions. But nothing worked, and it was hard to cover up her pimples on camera. 

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Katy Perry

Katy may have a CoverGirl contract and be known for her bold beauty looks (we’re especially fond of her rainbow hair experiments), but underneath all the makeup, she’s battled skin issues. "One of my insecurities is that I have acne scars,” she tells Cosmopolitan U.K.  “I'm self-conscious about that, so sometimes I wear too much makeup to cover them up.” 

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The badass singer outlines what she does when acne crops up to Cosmopolitan U.K.: "When I feel like my skin has had it, I cut out all alcohol and overdo the water,” she tells the mag. “And lipstick is essential—it draws attention away from any flaws."

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Emma Stone

Hollywood’s favorite funny girl has dealt with both hormonal- and stress-induced acne—not exactly ideal when it’s your job to be in front of cameras all day. In an interview with Refinery29, she explains that she went on Accutane at 17 for a while and that when she filmed Easy A, her stress-related acne was actually airbrushed out of the film. “I realized how debilitating and embarrassing it can be to have cystic acne,” she says in the interview. “So I'm really interested in the biology of what makes up acne and how to work on it from the outside, too.” 

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Naya Rivera

As a spokesperson for Proactiv, the Glee star has been very open about her acne-prone skin. "It sort of just came out of nowhere,” shes says in an interview with People. “It was like adult acne, and I was like, ‘I've had great skin my entire life. How am I dealing with this now at 24?’ It was a point of insecurity for me.”

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Keira Knightley

It turns out this English rose has a temperamental complexion. In an interview with Australian Vogue, she talks about getting blemishes, telling the mag: “I’m incredibly self-conscious about the fact that I get bad skin.” She also describes what it’s like to work in Hollywood if you have less-than-perfect skin. “If you’re using your face, if you’re seling it, then you become so aware of the flaws because people tell you,” she says in that same interview. “And they do so brusquely.” 

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Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco has been totally slaying the beauty game lately (her pink brows were on fleek), but things weren’t always that way for The Big Bang Theory star. "I had acne as a teen, and it made me so insecure to be on camera—not a good thing when you are on a television series," she tells Popsugar

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Jurnee Smollett

The Friday Night Lights stunner and Proactiv spokesperson opened up to Popsugar about her acne flare-up on set, which happened while she was planning her nuptials. "I was shooting Friday Night Lights in Austin, and with the humidity, the great Texas food, the hormones, and the stress of me planning the wedding, my skin was freaking out," she tells the site. She also says that scoring adequate shut-eye and drinking plenty of water have helped cut down on the breakouts. 

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Bella Thorne

The Disney star is no stranger to red carpets…and the scrutiny that comes with them. “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,” the Neutrogena Ambassador shares in a video for the brand

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AnnaLynn McCord

Aside from her role in 90210, we’ll always remember AnnaLynn for the makeup-free selfie she posted on Instagram back in 2012, revealing her adult acne.  “I happen to unfortunately have adult acne,” she says in a red carpet interview with MaximoTV. "I don’t want anyone who might like me or look up to me for any reason to think less of themselves because they have blemishes and someone is giving me crap for having them. Let’s quit the standard of perfection. We’re not perfect, we’re human.” Amen, sister. 

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