It doesn’t matter who you are: everyone struggles with their skin sometimes. In our weekly BellaPelle Recommends feature, we take a look at some high-profile skin problems, and show you that you don’t have to be rich to solve celebrity-grade skin problems.
Acne is just the worst. Unlike moles, freckles and other beauty marks, there’s just no way to make a breakout look sexy. And doesn’t it seem unfair that mere mortals doing the daily grind break out all the time, while actors and celebrities just have naturally perfect skin?
Actually, that last part isn’t true. In an interview last year with Refinery29, media darling Emma Stone came clean about her own skin struggles, including acne so bad it had to be airbrushed out of Easy A! According to Emma, she had hormonal acne as a teenager, and the Accutane she used to treat it dried out her skin so much it would crack. More recently, she suffered severe stress acne during filming for Easy A, resulting in a lot of video airbrushing that, until she came clean in the interview, no one but her knew about! In her own words:
“...I break out all the time, and so I have to wear foundation daily, and it ends up being really thick...I realized how debilitating and embarrassing it can be to have cystic acne. My skin is really sensitive.”
Refreshing as it is to know that even a beauty like Emma Stone struggles with acne, it also highlights just how annoying it is to have breakouts, no matter who you are. Exfoliators that target acne-causing bacteria can really dry the skin out, and dryness and dermatitis are common side effects of Accutane, which is sometimes the only thing that can help with severe cystic acne.
The first rule of keeping your skin under control is to keep your hands away from your face. Touching your skin with your fingers can leave deposits of oil that clog up the pores and cause breakouts: plus, you use your hands for so many things that it’s almost impossible to keep them completely free of dirt and bacteria. After that, a daily cleansing routine with a good exfoliator is a girl’s best friend. Active ingredients like salicylic and lactic acid strip away dead skin and open up the pores, but they can cause dryness, so you should always follow up your cleanser with a serum to help with oil control - BellaPelle’s Chiara Infusion is a good example - and a lightweight moisturiser that will keep your skin hydrated without sitting in your pores.
Emma’s cystic acne was so bad that she was prescribed Accutane, which is an effective but last-ditch treatment for hormonal acne. The problem with Accutane is that, while it does fight acne very effectively, it has a laundry list of side effects that can make taking it a real risk. We’ll discuss Accutane in more detail in another Freckle post, but let’s just say Emma got off lightly with her dry skin! If, like Emma, you have cystic acne so bad that a daily skincare routine just isn’t helping, we recommend going to a local skincare studio like BellaPelle, where a licensed esthetician can formulate a series of custom facials and peels to treat your acne without resorting to drugs like Accutane. Click here for a look at one of BellaPelle’s own success stories! Introducing drugs into your body should always be an absolute last resort: if you’re willing to put in the time and the effort, and to trust your skin to a skilled esthetician, nine times out of ten you can dramatically improve the quality of your skin in ways that won’t affect your body and your lifestyle.