The actress shared how growing up on camera put her insecurities in the spotlight—and how she finally became confident in her skin.

By Macaela Mackenzie
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Even though you know magazine covers and ads are airbrushed and digitally altered, sometimes it's hard to believe that celebrities don't actually have perfect skin. When celebs open up about their acne-and how insecure skin issues make them feel-it can help everyone silence their own inner critic.

In a recent interview, Chloë Grace Moretz shared her experience with being acne-shamed as a teen-and how she ultimately became confident about her complexion. (Related: Kendall Jenner Just Gave the Best Advice for Dealing with Acne)

"There was a meeting called when I was 13-I had horrible, horrible skin," she told The Cut. "The director and the producers, all these men, sat there and stared at me in this makeup trailer. They were like, What are we going to do? I sat there like this little girl."

Eventually, they decided to digitally edit her skin, she said. "It's shocking that they wouldn't just let [my acne] be on screen and be the reality of the character who is 13 or 14 years old," she said. "They ended up spending thousands of dollars to cover it and to create this false sense of reality about beauty." (Related: Lorde Recites All the Bad Advice People with Stubborn Acne Deal With)

The episode of acne-shaming stuck with Moretz. "It was probably one of my hardest moments, just terrible," she said. "I was just trying to find the confidence to get out of that chair and bare my soul as an actor."

There's no question acne can seriously impact your confidence, and that acne-shaming and airbrushed beauty standards can have serious effects. A study published in the British Journal of Dermatology earlier this year found that acne is linked to an increased risk of depression and can affect mental health long-term. To that end, Moretz isn't afraid to be totally transparent about her own skin struggles to promote a message of acne-positivity. (Related: 7 Surprising Acne Facts That Can Help Clear Your Skin for Good)

"[Acne] is just a reality," said Moretz. "Transparency is really nice-to be able to look at someone and say, 'You have that? I have that too!' The understanding that we're the same is really comforting and is really wonderful. It stops you from feeling ostracized."

Still, Moretz acknowledges that despite how easy celeb makeup-free selfies make it seem, having the confidence to go bare-faced in front of the world is actually really hard. "When I have sort of done it, I've hidden behind different lenses and makeup tricks," she said. (Related: Bella Thorn Shares a Photo Saying Her Acne "Is On Fleek")

Being the face of SK-II's Bare Skin Project and opening up about her insecurities has actually helped her become more confident in her skin, she told The Cut. "I wanted to take the chance to empower myself and to find that confidence within myself." Moretz has nearly 15 million Instagram followers, and we can only hope that her confidence inspires confidence in more young women.

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