Thanks to professional makeup artistry, image retouching and video-airbrushing in movies, people tend to assume that their favorite celebrities all have flawless skin. Celebrities, after all, are exempt from facing problems that normal people deal with on a daily basis. This, of course, could not be farther from the truth. Actors, models and musicians are normal people too. They get stressed out about things, have uncontrollable hormones, and often experience lifestyle changes – all of which can produce acne. The difference between them and common folks is that, due to their constant presence in the spotlight, they can’t afford to let their skin troubles be seen.
Don’t believe us? Check out these five celebs that have each had run-ins with our good friend acne:
In an interview this past December with fashion website Refinery29, Emma Stone admitted to “break[ing] out all the time” – and just like us she uses makeup to cover up her imperfections. In her late teens, Emma saw a dermatologist and started taking Accutane for acne. The drug is known for having serious side effects (in fact, it is no longer available in the United States) – and after two months, she went off of it. Now, the Hollywood starlet says she takes care of her face by using both over-the-counter and prescription skin care products. She admits to using Cetaphil for cleansing, Elta moisturizing lotion and even tea oil.
Though the actress practices good skin care, it doesn’t mean she is no longer susceptible to acne. She admits to having had stress acne when filming “Easy A.” Lucky for her, the pimples were airbrushed from the movie, and her fans were none the wiser.
Jessica Simpson has never been one to hide her problems with cystic acne. In fact, in interviews early in her career, the pop singer and former reality TV star admitted to suffering from bad breakouts. To cure her skin problems, she said her dermatologist prescribed Accutane for acne, which was used for many years as a sort of cure for people with severe skin issues. In 2004, however, Jessica began endorsing well-known skin care line Proactiv, claiming the product stopped her breakouts. We suppose a million dollar contract is as good a reason as any for Jessica to change her tune.
Following in Jessica Simpson’s footsteps, Sean Combs (also known as Diddy, P. Diddy and Puff Daddy, among other ridiculous monikers) became a spokesperson for Proactiv around 2006. In the commercial he was featured in, the hip-hop mogul touted Proactiv for helping “moisturize [his] situation and preserve [his] sexy.” Just months after he started promoting the skin care solution, however, P. Diddy decided to pursue legal action against Proactiv. He claimed his face was breaking out and that it was damaging his credibility – and on top of everything, Proactiv didn’t seem to be helping.
Try typing “Cameron Diaz acne” into Google, and you’ll find some shocking images. The actress has long suffered from chronic acne, but most people wouldn’t know it. The actress takes every measure possible to take good care of her skin, and she enlists the help of expert makeup artists to cover up unsightly blemishes for red carpet appearances. As far as skin treatments go, Cameron is said to undergo microdermabrasion sessions regularly to remove dead skin. She is also said to like oxygen facials and blue light therapy to control her acne.
Okay, so Justin Bieber hasn’t really had any serious acne problems – has the boy even hit puberty? – but he is one of the new faces of Proactiv. Apparently, the Biebs uses the line of products to prevent pimples from popping up.
What skin care products have you used to fight acne?
This article was republished with permission from Medulous.com.