The gravest skin sin is to pop your own zits, but even supermodels can't resist. "This really annoying pimple popped up this weekend. It doesn't matter how much your mom tells you not to touch, it stares at you! So, I picked at it and three more showed up," Karlie told ELLE.com, adding that she is normally religious about removing her makeup before bed and indulges in regular facials. "I take enjoyment from having a professional pop a zit. They know what to do, especially when you've been so patient and haven't picked out a zit. I go once a month."
For Selena, the risk of acne comes with her career. "My chin gets it the worst because I hold my microphone as close to me as I possibly can, because some of my music has softer tones to it," she told Allure. "So the chin is always the first area that I treat. I usually put a mask on and a humidifier on my face after my show."
After years of struggling with breakouts, Bella Thorne turned to the powerful anti-acne drug Accutane. "The [doctors] told me, 'Nine out of 10 people never get one pimple again,'" she told Us Weekly. "So many things are bad for you, but when you have this thing on your face that feels like a monster… I was like, 'OK, I'll do it.'" But after nearly two years of treatment, she still was breaking out. She ditched it and decided to embrace her skin as it is. Bella, who's a spokesperson for Burt's Bees
LoveYourNature campaign, said, "I got this pimple the other day and I said to my sister, 'Look at this! I have a press day coming up!' And she said, 'That's a beautiful pimple, Bella. That is beautiful. Scars are beautiful.'" Now, she leans on her sister for support. "We both struggle with acne, but now, every time we get something on our face, we just say to each other, 'That's beautiful. I love my scars. I love my skin.' You have to change your mindset."
For Demi, the tough part about skincare is keeping her hands away from her face. "I get clogged pores, and my problem is I pick," she told Allure. "If I didn't pick, it would stay pretty clear." Demi — who has a skincare line, Devonne by Demi — is onto something: your fingers carry all sorts of bacteria, which can make acne and clogged pores worse.
When someone Photoshopped Lorde's face to be 100 percent smooth, she called out the alteration on Twitter. "remember flaws are ok :-)" she tweeted, including the original photo (where she looks naturally gorgeous).
Going on tour sounds like a dream come true, but during Fifth Harmony's Harmonize America tour, Camila had a hard time dealing with her skin. "I would wake up in the morning and be scared to look in the mirror. It was the worst thing ever," she told
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Skincare struggles can happen pretty much anywhere, and for Zendaya, that meant on her body. "When you have chest and back acne, it really makes you feel self-conscious and you have to be careful about what you wear so that it doesn't show," she told
photo-anchor" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">TWIST. (Reminder: there's no reason to hide your skin — wear whatever makes you feel good!) "My mom and I would go to the store and get a bunch of different products to try. She always told me to never pick at my zits or touch them because that would make them worse."
For Laura, confidence comes from keeping perspective. "You look at it and you flip out because you're like, 'Oh my God, this is the biggest thing I've ever seen in my entire life. My face is just totally ruined like the smoothness of my face,'" she told
photo-anchor" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">TWIST. "And you go to school, and nobody notices it unless you point it out. No one will notice it at all unless you say, 'Look at this giant pimple I have!' And then, once you say it, then people are like, 'Oh, I wasn't noticing it before but now I see it!'" She's totally right.