Acne is one of those things that has the potential to ruin your day. You wake up one morning, glance in the mirror, spot your most recent breakout and bam—you’re in a horrible mood. It can make you not want to go to school, in favor of staying home all day and hiding your face from the world. You may realize you’re subconsciously covering your face when speaking to others, or letting your hair cover a little more of your face than usual.
Now, imagine having acne (which 85 percent of teen girls do, btw), and having to go out in public, pose for photographs, attend award shows, and be followed incessantly by paparazzi. Welcome to the life of Kendall Jenner and Lili Reinhart. Kendall and Lili have both spoken at length about their troubles with acne, but their stories and confidence in the face of breakouts (literally), are inspirational for us all.
Who can forget when Kendall stepped out to an LA Clippers game, only to have paparazzi ignore the players to focus on snapping pics of her acne instead. Or when Lili posted the Instagram story below where she proudly proclaims “Hi I’m Lili. I’m 21, a Virgo, Cali-girl, and I have cystic acne. Hmu”… These moments were part of an ever-growing movement on social media to normalize acne, and I’m all for it.
Kendall and Lili are both undeniably gorgeous. I mean, they’re the kind of girls I spend hours staring at on social media wondering how to get that perfectly styled hair (Lili), or that style (Kendall). Yet, their battle with acne reminds us all of two very important things: First, acne is normal. It might suck, but it makes you human. Secondly, social media is not real life.
Social media, and society in general, perpetuates a nearly unbearable pressure to look, and be, perfect. But nobody is without flaws—not even celebrities. We all have bad days, and we (almost) all have acne. Social expectations normally don’t meet reality.
In response to comments about her acne at the Golden Globes, Kendall replied “Never let that sh** stop you!”, and Lili told Teen Vogue last summer “as I’ve gotten older, it’s a matter that I can’t let a pimple on my face decide what I do and where I go”. I, and all of Twitter and Instagram, are here for their self-confidence.
Kendall and Lili both have a few tricks up their sleeve for dealing with particularly tough break-outs, however. Dr. Christie Kidd, Kendall’s dermatologist, recently revealed some of her go-to methods for keeping the model’s skin clear. Her advice is to be gentle with your skin routine, and she advises not to wash your face with anything abrasive. Those rotating brushes (like the Clarisonic) and washcloth are doing more harm than good! Treat your skin delicately and wash your face very well with your hands. Using abrasive products on acne can actually increase inflammation of the pimples, and make it worse.
Lili is a big fan of the one, the only, Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask, which we’ve already fan-girled over in this article.
In a recent article with Byrdie, Lili explained that red carpet images are “at her best”, and not at all how she looks every day. “I don’t look like that every day, and I think that’s important for people to know… I’d really like to be open and break the illusion that that’s how I look all the time because it’s really not”. Kendall agrees, as her main message is that when acne flares up, the best way to deal with it is to take it in stride.
If Lili and Kendall have the confidence to rock their acne, so do we.
COVER IMAGE: @lilireinhart