From extreme diets designed to prevent breakouts to expensive medication and treatments prescribed by famous dermatologists, celebs with acne-prone skin have tried it all. Some have managed to put their battle with acne behind them, and are now teaching their fans how to follow in their footsteps to achieve clear skin, while others still heavily rely on makeup to avoid acne outbreaks. Here are the inspiring stories of 10 female celebrities with really bad acne, which would offer you the dermatologist-approved tips you need to improve your skincare routine.
1. Cameron Diaz.
When we think about Cameron Diaz, we immediately picture her envy-generating beach body, and try to figure out how many hours we’d have to spend at the gym to get her perfectly sculpted abs. However, Cameron Diaz is no stranger to flaws that make her feel insecure at times, like her acne-prone skin, for instance.
The model-turned-actress has always struggled with acne, an aesthetic concern that threatened her career and self-esteem levels. Diaz tried every available option to keep this issue at bay, including topical creams, oral medication, and clever makeup techniques. The actress didn’t try to hide the fact that her breakouts represented a somewhat predictable consequence of her unhealthy diet, based mostly on junk food, such as fries and burgers. As soon as Cameron made notable dietary adjustments to stay healthy and protect her skin, she started noticing significant improvements. As a result, she chose to avoid unhealthy foods, and stick to a diet based on fresh, organic ingredients, to maintain the beauty of her clear skin, and prevent the reoccurrence of acne.
2. Katy Perry.
Katy Perry is well known for her extraordinarily beautiful facial features, including her piercing emerald green eyes, red-stained lips and raven hair. What you may not know about this talent singer is the fact that she has battled acne for many years in a row. Her fight with this common skin disease has prompted her to become a Proactiv spokesperson.
Aside from promoting these products meant to bring users one step closer to flawless, porcelain skin, she also uses them to prevent acne outbreaks. Apparently, Perry’s love for this brand goes well beyond promotional reasons, considering that she has embraced the 3-step Proactiv program, and is always eager and willing to share her tried and true acne-fighting tips with the rest of the world. No matter what she’s using to keep her complexion radiant and blemish-free, we can all agree that she does a great job at taking care of her acne-prone skin.
3. Victoria Beckham.
Victoria Beckham hardly needs an introduction. Famous for her insanely gorgeous and pricy clothing line and singing career that she built in the 90s as a member of the Spice Girls band, Victoria is the epitome of elegance and female entrepreneurial success.
As fierce and confident as she may seem, Victoria wasn’t always so positive and sure of herself. Not too long ago, the former Posh Spice suffered from acne anxiety. As it turns out, she was even nicknamed Spotty Spice because of her unaesthetic complexion. Fortunately, at this point, this problem seems to be a thing of the past, thanks to the services provided by a top-rated dermatologist- Dr. Lancer, the same professional who takes care of Kim Kardashian’s now flawless skin.
After meeting Dr. Lancer in Los Angeles, Victoria decided to give his advice (and recommended products) a try to improve the looks and feel of her skin. Through this method, she achieved impressive, long-lasting improvements. Due to the oxygen facials performed by Dr. Lancer, Victoria can now take pride in radiant, pimple-free skin. In what her skincare routine is concerned, what you need to know is that Victoria is the adept of the less is more principle: she relies on an effective polish, followed by an exfoliating cleanse and a thick layer of nourish cream to preserve the healthy appearance of her skin.
4. Miley Cyrus.
As one of the many celebs who literally had to grow up on stage, into the spotlight, Miley was forced to explore the most effective methods to camouflage her grim skin-related problems from an early age. She had to deal with the negative psychological and aesthetic consequences of bad breakouts that made her feel insecure.
Luckily, during her battle with acne, Miley counted on her mothers’ support every single step of the way. Her mom took her to a dermatologist, who recommended a personalized treatment plan that enabled Miley to address her problem rapidly and effectively.
However, the singer knows that acne outbreaks could affect her looks and self-esteem levels at any given point in time; this is why she pays a great deal of attention to what she eats and drinks. In order to prevent breakouts, she eats meals based on all organic ingredients, and firmly believes that everyone could get closer to camera-ready skin by getting chemicals out of their systems, and adopting cleaner, greener diets.
5. Britney Spears.
In 2016, Britney enjoys the success of her comeback, and has all the reasons in the world to love herself-including two amazing kids, a supportive family, a large community of fans, a killer body, and the face of a glowing angel. However, none of these achievements could make Britney forget her 2007 meltdown, which took a tremendous toll on her appearance. A few years ago, Britney dealt with many aesthetic problems that could bury a female singer’s career six feet under, including more than a few extra pounds, and really bad acne.
Apparently, Britney has improved the condition of her skin by relying on laser resurfacing sessions, under the close supervision of a top-notch dermatologist. This procedure has helped her remove layers of dead skin cells and prevent outbreaks. While these pricy treatments have already paid off, Britney is still vigilant when it comes to making lifestyle changes or adjusting her skincare routine. Once a big fan of junk food and sweet treats, such as donuts and big milkshakes, Britney now strives to decrease her sugar intake to protect and beautify her complexion from the inside out, and prevent breakouts. If you’d give just about anything to uncover Britney’s zit-free skin secrets, start by exploring the benefits of a sugar-free diet.
This type of dietary program has enabled Britney to shed no less than 35 pounds, maintain an ideal weight, and prevent breakouts. Clearly, makeup still allows her to hide old acne scars and other imperfections. Instead of using a sponge to apply Britney’s makeup, her makeup artists mist lightweight foundation onto her face to achieve a healthy, dewy look, and avoid clogging her pores at the same time. All in all, a mix of great makeup techniques, clean diet, and laser resurfacing appointments give Britney all the support she needs to kick acne problems to the curb, and look fierce and flawless on stage.
6. Alicia Keys.
In all honesty, Alicia Keys is a complete artist who always succeeds in putting her audience under a powerful spell with her out-of-this-world piano skills, great voice and attractive features. The talented singer exudes grace and style, and unlike other celebs, doesn’t need surgical corrections or tons of makeup products to maintain her incontestable appeal. As a matter of fact, quite recently Keys decided stop wearing makeup altogether to put her crystal clear, bare face on full display, and help her fans see her how she really is- gorgeous inside and out.
However, things weren’t always this perfect. When the singer first appeared on stage, she was well known for her battle with acne. Fortunately, in 2016 it looks like Keys has everything under control. Aside from her dermatologist-approved treatment and products, Keys counts on accessible everyday ingredients, such as ice, cucumbers and facial oils to maintain her enviable glow.
7. Nya Rivera.
Nya Rivera is known for portraying the sassy and delightfully offensive cheerleader from Glee, the popular hit show that makes us all face the nostalgic memories of our high school days. On screen, the actress seems self-confident and absolutely stunning, thanks to her picture-perfect features and radiant skin. In reality, Rivera admits that she has been struggling to minimize the impact of adult acne on her skin, career and overall life for a long period of time.
Unlike other celebs who practically grew up on stage and had to face the issues related to their problematic skin while also dealing with the pressure of being in the public eye, Rivera started her fight with blemishes in her mid-twenties. Just like Katy Perry, she turned to the 3-step acne-fighting program designed by Proactiv to put an end to her aesthetic problem. Considering the fact that this move yielded excellent results, Rivera decided to become a Proactiv spokesperson. This opportunity allows her to flaunt her gorgeous skin, and encourage others to follow in her footsteps to achieve a similar outcome.
8. Jessica Simpson.
As glamorous and self-confident as she may seem, Jessica Simpson also had her fair share of difficulties throughout her enviable life. From unexpected breakups that make headlines in some of the most important newspapers, to shocking weight fluctuations and nightmarish skin problems, Jessica is no stranger to struggles that could compromise a celebrity’s career in a split second. One of the most challenging struggles made public by Simpson was her continuous battle with acne. To treat her bad skin, Simpson saw a dermatologist who advised her to take Accutane. Later on, the singer became an adept of the 3-step Proactiv skin care routine, which became her go-to acne defense method leading to clear skin that hardly requires any makeup and filters to look great in photos.
9. Emma Stone.
During a very candid interview with the journalists from Refinery29, Stone talked about her own struggles with acne. Her story was focused mostly on her desperate attempts to hide her imperfections under thick layers of makeup to create the illusion of perfect, camera-ready skin. Just like Jessica Simpson, the star was advised to take Accutane to alleviate the symptoms of her “embarrassing and debilitating” skin disease.
However, after a few months of uninterrupted use, Stone decided to go in favor of widely available drugstore products to improve the condition of her skin. As an adept of the no-makeup makeup trend, Stone avoids using heavy products that could clog her pores, and relies on cosmetics with light formulas to prevent breakouts. In order achieve the same goal, she applies tea tree oil on her super sensitive skin, and doesn’t hesitate to get cortisone shots whenever her acne problem gets out of control.
Unlike most celebrities who would do everything in their power to mask their imperfections, Lorde knows how to celebrate her flaws, and encourages her beloved fans to do the same. The “Royals” singer has always been open about her battle with acne. The New Zealand songwriter and artist took to Twitter to prompt her 1.3 million followers to accept their least flattering features, and see them as indicators of their uniqueness. The young star shared two photos of herself- one revealing her natural acne-ridden skin, and a second one that was retouched to beautify her bad skin. Lorde has previously made similar powerful statements by posting unedited photos of herself, barefaced and covered in layers of pimple cream, proving that embracing our flaws can be a rewarding experience leading to a more transparent and powerful connection with ourselves, and the rest of the world.