Supermodels with Acne Speak: Love Yourself, Forgive Your Skin

Posted on August 14, 2014 by Rachel Duran

Model with acne covering her fae
Author: Rachel DuranAcne is the most common skin condition in the United States, but take a peek at any glossy magazine ad or glowing TV commercial and everyone in sight is flashing impeccable, enviable skin. 

Hidden beneath those layers of makeup and hours of Photoshop, it’s hard to imagine that our big-screen heroines and catwalk beauties are suffering from dreaded acne, too. But pores are pores, and even people bathing in the spotlight suffer from acne. 

While Kate Moss may fret over a surprise zit the morning of a photo shoot, others like Molly Sims have battled with cystic acne for the entirety of their career. 

The flawless faces we fawn over experience the spectrum of blemish woes and yet we continue to strive for lookbook complexions.

We’re no fool to the magical abilities of airbrushing, lighting techniques, and talented makeup artists, so why then do we look in the mirror with such disappointment over each and every blemish? 

Supermodels face the camera every day, acne or not, and while the rest of us may not have professional aides to help us conceal our skincare insecurities, there are lessons to be learned from these long-limbed beauties: self-love and compassion.

Have a Heart

Molly Sims recently compared her acne to an evil ex-boyfriend—a guy who always resurfaces at the precise moment she’s feeling better. 

“After 20 years of dealing with acne, you would think that it wouldn’t bother me anymore, that I would just get used to it. But, every time a new beast decides to camp out on my face, I can still feel that pit of dread settle in my stomach.” 

After years of dealing with her on-again, off-again relationship with zits, and even trying Accutane, she’s finally come to an invaluable realization—we are more than our skin.

“I was forced to admit that while Accutane was certainly the most effective acne combatant I ever took, it wasn’t an absolute cure. If anything, it made me confront the inconvenient truth that, for me, there is no magic pill to make my acne go away — at least not permanently. “

Sims may not be in love with her acne, but she’s not going to hate herself for it anymore either. Supermodels have loads of beauty secrets, but loving themselves is always number one.

Forgive Your Skin

You may try every product, from Neutrogena and chemical peels, to diets, internet trends, and old wives tales, and still not find relief.

One person who's tried it all is Cassandra Bankson, a model whose career skyrocketed when she confessed about the severity of her own cystic acne.  

Even if you're not planning to be on the next cover of Vogue, know that supermodel skin often isn't truly flawless. Take cues from the pros and relax knowing that when models step away from the runway, they don't have an army of makeup artists, lighting experts, and photo retouchers. They face the world with real-world skin imperfections, too.   

When it comes to your attitude toward yourself, be forgiving of imperfections and loosen up those definitions of how you think your skin should look. Some weeks you’ll glow and some weeks you’ll shine (thanks sebaceous glands!). But always remember, there’s still a beautiful human beneath the breakout.

  • Rachel Duran is an editor at Arithmetic
  • About Us: Arithmetic is a new skincare company focused on helping adults achieve clear, healthy skin. Check out our Acne Control Complex


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