Kendall Jenner Shared an Emotional Post About Her Once "Debilitating" Acne
"I'd like to show a younger generation that not everything is perfect."
Kendall Jenner is no stranger to the occasional acne flareup. The model and Keeping Up with the Kardashians star has long been open about problems with her skin and the shaming that comes along with it. (Last year, trolls tried bringing her down by zeroing in on her barely visible acne at the Golden Globes, and she had an on-point response.)
Earlier this month, Jenner was targeted again when she announced that she was the new face of Proactiv. Her mom, Kris Jenner, teased fans with a video saying that Kendall would soon be opening up about her "most raw story"-suggesting that she was going to speak out about a serious issue. It turns out, she was announcing her latest modeling contract.
Fans accused her of misleading them and being overdramatic.
In her defense, Kendall took to her Instagram Stories on Thursday to take part in the 10-year challenge and shared photos of herself as a teen with bumps covering her face. "I was 13 and ran home crying every day because people would stare at my skin," she wrote.
Then, to further her point, she shared a separate lengthy post to her page, revealing how difficult it's been to live with acne-and that, to her, this was indeed a big deal.
"While there are much bigger problems happening in the world, suffering from acne for me was debilitating," she wrote alongside a makeup-free photo of herself. "It's something that I've dealt with since I was a young teen and has caused me to feel anxious, helpless, and insecure." (Related: 7 Surprising Acne Facts That Can Help Clear Your Skin for Good)
Jenner wrote that she feels it's important to share her insecurities with the world, especially since so many impressionable young women look up to her. "As humans, I don't think we share our insecurities enough because we live in a time where being 'perfect' is the standard," she wrote. "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."
All the acne-shaming has given her strength, she continued, but she doesn't want others to go through what she did. "I wouldn't ever wish that feeling upon anyone so after trying countless options, I found something that has been helpful in maintaining clear skin for me," she wrote, referring to Proactiv. "It's been a long journey but I'm excited for where my skin is now. I didn't think I'd see the day where I would feel confident posting a makeup-free picture. My goal is to open up a dialogue around skin positivity." (Related: The Best Skin-Care Routine for Acne-Prone Skin)
To prevent further backlash, Jenner disabled comments on the paid post and hopes to put the whole situation behind her.
Controversy aside, if you struggle with breakouts (like many adults who have acne these days), it can be difficult to feel confident given the majority of media telling us that perfect skin is not just attainable but expected. Jenner's message is a reminder that breakouts should not impact your self-worth.