10 Actually Really Useful Celebrity Acne Tips
From salmon to salicylic acid, get those spots sorted.
Acne. Is there anything worse? It's uncomfortable and often super hard to get rid of.
But even the world’s most famous celebs, with all their expensive, fancy treatments suffer from skin woes just like you.
But first let's all have a gander at all the times Kylie Jenner has proved she is Queen of the selfie...
Thankfully they have the money to get all this help and come back to let us know what we can do for cheap. Thanks babes, much appreciated.
1. Demi Lovato’s scars
Demi’s aesthetician Renee Rouleau has a whole bunch of celeb tricks if you’re prepared to wave those dollar bills at her. But for us regular folk, she’s got a cheap solution for getting rid of acne scars. She suggests using a product with glycolic acid to help fade discoloration left behind by spots.
2. Cameron Diaz’s diet
We all know Cam as this super fit babe who's into health and stuff but apparently there was a time when her diet, and skin, was at an all-time low. She admitted that cutting out our beloved fast food was key. She told Cosmo: “I mean, I had terrible, terrible, skin. It was embarrassing, and I did everything I could think of to make it go away. I tried to cover it with makeup. I tried to get rid of it with medication: oral, topical, even the harshest prescriptions. Nothing helped for very long."
“Looking back, I realise that I hadn’t needed those prescription drugs, those vials of potions and creams. [I] hadn’t needed to be angry at my skin or feel bad about myself. I had just needed to LISTEN TO MY BODY. … acne was my body’s alarm system, it was [my] way of telling me [to stop eating fast food]."
3. Rihanna trades up booz for water
Ri-Ri loves to party, we all love her for it. But all those dranks can really take a toll on your skin.
She told Cosmo: "When I feel like my skin has had it, I cut out all alcohol and overdo the water. And lipstick is essential—it draws attention away from any flaws."
4. Emma Stone‘s simple skincare
Can Emma just be our BFF already? She admited that she likes to keep things simple and not overload her skin after suffering from acne for the last ten years. She said: "I'm actually pretty interested in skin care, because I had bad hormonal acne when I was 17, and they put me on Accutane for it. Then, I had stress acne when I was 20, when I did Easy A, which they kindly video-airbrushed out of the movie.
"But I realised how debilitating and embarrassing it can be to have cystic acne. So, I'm really interested in the biology of what makes up acne and how to work on it from the outside, too. For the most part, I use Cetaphil, the bar soap, and then these pads that I get from the dermatologist, and then Elta lotion. Ideally, I'd like to just use single-note products. Usually, I use tea tree oil. I can't go too crazy, or I'll get a rash. My skin is really sensitive."
5. Gisele’s all about the mud
When one of the world’s most famous supermodels gives you skin tips, you listen. She says: “When I was a teenager, I had pimples — oh, God, every time someone looked at my face I thought they were looking at my pimples. I put mud on my face to dry them out, and it worked.”
6. Kim Kardashian’s diagnosis
Kimmy’s fave dermatologist Dr Lancer is pretty much the go-to guy for skin probs in Hollywood and says it’s important to know what kind of acne you have before treating it.
He says: “Acne can take on many different forms, each with a different treatment course. For example, typical acne vulgaris (this involves clogged pores, blackheads and whiteheads) is best treated with exfoliation, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide. More severe acne, which involves the appearance of cysts or nodules, is almost never treatable with topical ingredients and must be addressed with medication or antibiotics.”
7. Victoria Beckham’s salmon
Looking flawless seems to be Victoria’s life mission but that can be tricky when you’re feeling crap about your skin. Posh Spice recommends eating salmon. Yup, the fish.
She tells THE EDIT: “I used to have really problematic skin. And [Dr. Lancer] said to me, ‘You have to eat salmon every single day.’ I said, ‘Really, every day?’ And he said, ‘Yes; breakfast, lunch or dinner, you have to eat it every single day.'”
Appaz the fish has age-proofing dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) and skin-healing omega-3s in the pink fish. Who knew?
8. Julianne Hough’s ice cubes
The actress and dancer has a nifty trick to calm those angry flare-ups we all have. She says: "If I feel a big pimple coming on, I like to get a really cold washcloth, or even an ice cube, and kind of massage the area a little bit. I feel like that takes the swelling down at least. I don't want to pop it because then it will be too hard to cover with makeup the next day.”
9. Scarlett Johansson’s cleanliness
Scar-Jo makes sure the tools that she uses to touch her face are super clean.
“I have the same breakouts as everybody else," she told Elle. "I never go to bed with makeup on, even if I come home at 4 a.m. And I clean my makeup brushes once a week. People don't realize how dirty their sponges and stuff are! Bacteria — that's what makes you break out."
10. Kendall Jenner’s DIY solution
Kenny has concocted her own DIY acne treatment from at-home products. She combines a teaspoon of baking soda, half a teaspoon of lemon juice, and a teaspoon of honey, which is stirred up and then used as a spot treatment to ‘dry out’ the pimples.
According to Joshua Zeichner, the Director of Dermatology Research at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC it’s a good tip: “Baking soda absorbs oil; acids in the lemon juice will exfoliate dead cells from the skin's surface; and honey will both calm and soothe inflamed skin and may help kill acne-causing bacteria on the skin.”
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