The actress is not afraid to talk about a problem that many people struggle with but stars rarely address. Lili Reinhart got candid about dealing with cystic acne for years and how that has affected her self-esteem.
Yesterday, the Riverdale star took to social media to talk about her acne with her loyal followers.
Her decision to open up about it followed a photo shoot she had during a breakout.
Reinhart confessed that her acne has caused her ‘major self-esteem’ issues, ever since she started puberty.
In a message she shared on Instagram Stories, the actress told her fans that ‘I have a cystic breakout on my forehead currently. I had to do a photo shoot all day long. I have had cystic acne since I was 12. And it has caused major self-esteem issues ever since.’
She went on in another post: ‘I had to put my biggest insecurity on display. There was nowhere to hide. 20+ people were studying my face on the camera monitor at any given time during the 11-hour shoot. And all I could think about when I was in front of the camera were the pimples on my forehead.’
She also revealed that every time she has a really bad breakout, Lili texts her mom, who is always there to listen.
‘I tell her how ugly I feel and how these breakouts shatter my confidence every time they appear. I am not sure if or when I will ever be able to accept my skin as it is. It’s problematic. It scars easily. It’s painful.’
But the actress still has hope that one day she will stop feeling ‘paranoid’ or ‘obsessive’ about it and will instead feel beautiful even amid a bad breakout.
‘I feel the need to talk about my struggle with acne. Because maybe if I normalize my broken-out skin, more people…including myself…will be able to feel okay about their skin. My breakouts do not define me. To anyone who feels embarrassed or ashamed by breakouts…I feel you,’ she said, encouraging her many fans to also share their acne stories using the hashtag #breakoutbuddy.
‘We have each other. So let’s get through this acne experience together,’ Lili encouraged social media users.