Lili Reinhart is learning to accept her cystic acne rather than feel ashamed of it.
The Riverdale actress revealed she suffers from the severe skin condition in 2018 when she posted a make-up-free selfie on her Instagram Stories which showed her wearing spot cream, and she went on to share that she’s had cystic acne since was 12 years old and her battle with it has knocked her confidence and self-esteem over the years.
The 23-year-old has since overhauled her attitude towards her skin’s appearance and will no longer try to hide her face during a breakout.
“Sometimes, skin struggles and breakouts are inevitable. So, instead of trying to control your skin it’s more important to focus on your outlook,” she told U.S. Marie Claire. “I used to let a breakout debilitate me. I wouldn’t leave the house because I was so ashamed and would wear a baseball cap to cover my face if I did have to go somewhere. I would even avoid mirrors.
“It used to be really awful because my attitude about my skin was awful. What helped me is accepting my acne, rather than hiding it…or trying to do a bunch of laser treatments or really expensive microneedling treatments.”
The Hustlers star has eventually come to realise that nobody cares about her acne except herself and this has helped her when she’s feeling self-conscious.
“It’s a hard pill to swallow, but nope, no one gives a c**p about the pimple on your forehead. To let it stop you from going out and feeling happy is only hurting yourself,” she shared. “It’s easier said than done and something that I still deal with, but reminding myself that acne is normal and natural and not negatively affecting everyone the way that we think about it in our own heads has helped.”
Cystic acne is the most serious type of acne which tends to occur in people with oily skin. It develops when cysts form deep underneath the skin.
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