What We Can Learn from Kendall Jenner's Acne Struggle

Kendall Jenner at the 2018 Golden Globes.  Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

Kendall Jenner at the 2018 Golden Globes. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

Since partnering with Proactiv earlier this year, supermodel Kendall Jenner has spoken candidly about her decade long struggle with acne. “It's something that I've dealt with since I was a young teen and has caused me to feel anxious, helpless and insecure”, she says. “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."

And she’s right. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 85% of people between the ages of 12 to 24 experience at least minor acne, meaning most of us can relate to her. But because of the age of social media, these imperfections are causing more mental anguish. A 2017 survey conducted by Harris Polls, on behalf of Cutanea Life Sciences, Inc. found that 51% of adolescents reported that social media makes having acne harder and 34% reported that social media increased their anxiety about acne. In turn, negatively impacting their self-esteem and body image.

This is something Kendall admitted to suffering from as well and it wasn’t until the 2018 Golden Globes that she decided that it was time to speak up. In her Proactiv promo, she says, "I remember getting ready that day, getting my makeup done. I got on the carpet and I felt really good about myself. I loved my dress and my hair and my makeup was so beautiful. Then I remember going online and seeing all the horrible things people were saying about me and my skin." She went on to say, “I felt so good that I completely forgot that I have bad skin. Then I remember getting a couple tweets that became a lot of tweets of how proud people were of me. I was like, 'Oh wait, this is actually kinda cool because it completely flipped my energy on it.”

Though Kendall has credited the work of her dermatologist, Dr. Christie Kidd and laser treatments for improving the condition and texture of her skin, changing her attitude towards her acne is what really made the difference. That’s the greatest lesson to take from Kendall’s story- your worth is not measured in how clear your skin is. We need to embrace our imperfections and learn to find the beauty in them.

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