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10 Celebs Get Real About Their Acne

"I felt like such an outcast; when I spoke, it was with my hand covering my face."
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Celebs: They really are just like us. Yep, it turns out that not every A-lister came crawling out of the womb with beyond-perfect skin. Some of the biggest names in Hollywood have dealt with their fair share of skin struggles, acne included. This isn't totally surprising when you think about, as the American Academy of Dermatology estimates that up to 50 million Americans deal with pimples on the reg. If you're one of the many mere mortals who've experienced breakouts, then you know how frustrating it can be to try to get things under control.

While stars could easily filter their selfies to blur out every last zit, some, like Mindy Kaling and Lorde, dare to show them off on Instagram, lamenting how majorly difficult it is to get clear skin, whether as a 30-something or a teen. Others, like Kendall Jenner and Emma Stone, have also 'fessed up about their acne (past and present) on social media and in interviews, and we applaud them for keeping it real. That's why we've rounded up 10 celebs who've spoken honestly about their breakouts. Keep reading to see what your favorite actresses, models and singers have to say about acne.

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Kendall Jenner
Although she's walked runway after runway during fashion weeks in New York and Paris and appeared on TV for years, the 21-year-old model/reality TV star wasn't always as confident as she comes across. According to People StyleWatch, Jenner penned a blog post on her website detailing her childhood acne woes. "I had such bad acne when I was younger; I remember it SO well!" she wrote, noting that she first started breaking out when she was in eighth or ninth grade.

"Where it really impacted me was how self-conscious I became about it," wrote Jenner on her website. "It completely ruined my self-esteem. I wouldn't even look at people when I talked to them. I felt like such an outcast; when I spoke, it was with my hand covering my face. Sure, I had crushes in high school, but I wouldn't even think about looking at guys."

Jenner is able to laugh about herself, though. Case in point: She once wrote on Twitter: "I'd appreciate if y'all called my pimple by his first name ... Walter. #WalterThePimp

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Cameron Diaz
The "Charlie's Angels" and "Something About Mary" star might look positively flawless when she's on the red carpet -- but she's no stranger to acne -- like really, really bad acne. In an except from her 2014 book "The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Body", published in Seventeen, Diaz outlined how this all affected her.

"You might think my life is always totally glam, but I used to have horrible acne -- deep, boiling pimples -- the kind that hurts so badly, I didn't want to leave my house," wrote Diaz. "My friends said they didn't notice, but I'd say, 'It's the only thing anyone can see!'" Diaz went on to say that no amount of foundation and concealer could mask her bumps well enough.

Luckily, Diaz explained that she believed her diet -- which consisted of burritos and cheeseburgers at the time -- was partially to blame for her skin. "Once I cut out the junk, I saw such a major difference that I felt like an idiot," she wrote. "It not only cleared up my acne, but it also gave me this huge amount of energy."

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Mindy Kaling
Real talk: Mindy Kaling is one of the funniest women on the planet. And she's not afraid to post a pimple-ridden selfie online (bless her). In one Instagram post, she sports spot treatment on her face, writing in the caption, "That zit cream in your 30s life. At least I'm not going on "The Tonight Show" later today."

Kaling's acne-fighting secret? She shared it in her memoir, "Why Not Me?". Kaling wrote that she relies on a pretty damn high-tech device. "I bought this wand, the Tria Acne Clearing Blue Light, from my dermatologist's office," said Kaling in her book. "At one point I was spending so much time with the device that I started calling him Wall-E. He looks like a fancy sex toy from Japan. His job is to 'eliminate acne-causing bacteria deep beneath the skin's surface,' and I have to hold him pressed against my face for twenty minutes every night."

BTW: Kaling went on to say that "Wall-E" feels like a "tiny white-hot iron you are pressing against your already-sensitive pimple. It's hellish. But it's very effective at squashing and destroying pimples, so you don't care."

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Katy Perry
Katy Perry isn't shy -- and that goes for whether she's putting Taylor Swift on blast or talking about her skin issues. The "Swish, Swish" singer even used to be a Proactiv spokesperson. "You would think I would be the most confident person, but the most confident person still has their moments," Perry said in a commercial for the brand. "A lot of my insecure moments related to my face and to my skin problems." In the commercial, she points to her mouth, nothing that she had blemishes around it. "I wanted to hide," she said.

In an interview with Refinery29, Perry said that even though she no longer works with Proactiv, she still uses their products, citing their Skin Smoothing Exfoliator as one of her faves.

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BY CHRISTINA HEISER | NOV 3, 2017 | SHARES
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