Kendall Jenner: supermodel, Insta It-girl and Kardashian sibling – hardly relatable, right? Wrong, actually. The 21-year-old runway star is more like the rest of us than you’d think. She recently opened up about dealing with acne as a teenager, and it’s something she still struggles with today.
After being revealed as the face of acne treatment, ProActiv, Kendall has opened up about her skincare battles on Instagram.
Kendall jumped on the #10YearChallenge bandwagon and shared photo to highlight her acne breakouts as a teen, explaining: "I was 13 and ran home crying everyday because people would stare at my skin.
"While there are much bigger problems happening in the world, suffering from acne for me was debilitating. It's something that I've dealt with since I was a young teen and has caused me to feel anxious, helpless and insecure. We curate our life online and pick the pretty moments to post. I'd like to show a younger generation that not everything is perfect."
Kris Jenner left fans intrigued after she teased a video of Kendall and promised her daughter would share a 'raw story' to her Twitter account recently.
After much speculation, the big announcement was revealed after Kendall divulged that she was the news spokesperson for acne brand, ProActiv.
In the campaign video, in which Kendall showcases her acne, she says: "When I was 14, I couldn't reach as many people that I can now that I'm 22.
"Now I have this whole thing behind me, I can speak to so many people and be like: 'I can help you and it's ok.'
"I experience it, I'm very normal, I understand you, I can connect with you..."
It's not the first time Kendall has opened up about her skin woes. In a letter to her fans, she wrote: “I had such bad acne when I was younger. 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.”
It’s something a lot of us can relate to. Acne is a common skin condition – according to the , it affects around 80% of teenagers. So how best to combat it? The first advice Kendall got was from her older sisters: “They’re like, ‘Never touch your face, never pick your face, always wash your face and wear eye cream.’” (Skincare advice straight from Kim, Kourtney and Khloé – we’ll take it.)
Kendall also consults her dermatologist, Dr Christie Kidd, who has recently revealed her methods for acne treatment and keeping the model’s skin in top condition. While acne can’t necessarily be cured, it can be treated and managed, and her main advice to Kendall is to be gentle with her skin routine.
“I never want you washing your face with anything abrasive,” says Dr Kidd. “Not a scrub, not a rotating brush, not a washcloth. You want to treat it very delicately and just wash really well with your hands. Using anything abrasive on acne can increase inflammation of the zit, actually making it worse,” she says. This is advice Kendall takes seriously – she’s admitted to washing her face at least two or three times a day to remove the heavy make-up she is required to wear when modelling.
Kendall also credits Laser Genesis with improving the condition and texture of the skin. The non-invasive laser treatment is designed to target fine lines, acne scars, large pores and uneven skintone by heating the papillary (upper) dermis of the skin to accelerate collagen regrowth. (Though it’s important to note that it’s best to consult a doctor or skincare specialist before trying out any new treatments to find the right method to suit you.)[article id="8Jvwjm5m0Wd"]
But acne doesn’t disappear overnight. “Even after things started to clear up, it took a solid amount of time to be okay with my skin and gain back my confidence,” Kendall says. “I realised that it’s a part of life for some people and it doesn’t define who you are.”
Kendall’s message is an important one to note: even when acne flares up – and that’s common, with triggers including stress, diet and environmental factors – the best way to deal with it is to take it in your stride. Kendall still suffers from blemishes and is occasionally pictured with spots (yes, she is human, like the rest of us), but she has the confidence to rock the look anyway, with or without make-up, and we love her for it.