Famous faces who have been honest about their skin struggles
25 January 2018
From acne to psoriasis and everything in between: skin conditions are common but that doesn't make living with them any easier.
This week on Life Hacks, Katie and Cel are diving face-first into the world of skin conditions. What does it feel like to have one? Is there anything you can do to make it better? How do you manage it? If you're pondering the answers to these questions - or maybe you've got something to add to the discussion - you're going to want to tune in to Radio 1 on Sunday 28th January at 4PM. (Put it in your diary, stat!)
In the meantime, why not allow your faves to shed some light on the subject. These faces may be famous but that doesn't mean that they haven't dealt with their share of skin struggles. Here's what the stars have to say about their skin conditions...
Cara Delevingne: Psoriasis
According to the NHS, psoriasis is a 'skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales.' It affects around 2% of people in the UK and Cara Delevingne is one of them.
Speaking about her experiences with the condition, the model and actress told W Magazine in 2013 that her skin usually flared up when she was particularly stressed: "It only happened during the Fashion Weeks, which are, of course, the worst time of year for me to be covered in scabs... Kate Moss saw me before the Louis Vuitton show at 3am when I was being painted by people to cover the scabs. She said, ‘This is horrible! Why is this happening? I need to help you.’"
Fast forward to 2015 and Cara cited psoriasis as attributing to her giving up modelling in an interview with The Times ("I am not doing fashion work any more, after having, like, psoriasis and all that stuff") and elaborated on the toll the condition took on her mentally:
"It wasn't a good time, I was, like, fight and flight for months. Just constantly on edge. It is a mental thing as well because if you hate yourself and your body and the way you look, it just gets worse and worse."
Kendall Jenner: Acne
You'd be forgiven for thinking that Kendall Jenner's skin is flawless. From the cover of Vogue to the runways of Paris Fashion Week, we're used to seeing the supermodel looking peak perfection, but the truth is that Kendall has lived with acne ever since she was a teen.
"I started having skin issues around the 8th or 9th grade," Kendall wrote on her app in 2015. "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...”
Most recently, Kendall attended the 2018 Golden Globes with visible acne and was applauded on social media for doing so. She rounded off her candid acne chat with some wise words:
"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. I realised that it’s a part of life for some people, and it doesn't define who you are."
There are several different forms of eczema - atopic (the most common form), contact and nummular to name a few - and Allergy UK have estimated that up to 15 million people in the U.K. could be living with it. Among those people are Kate Middleton, Britney Spears and Adele.
While Adele hasn't spoken extensively about her eczema, she did reveal at the 2013 Golden Globes that it was a result of being a new mum: “I am exhausted,” she told reporters. “That’s how [motherhood] changed me. I have eczema from boiling bottles.”
From her description, it seems that Adele suffers from contact eczema - a form of eczema triggered by contact with particular substances. For more information on this type of eczema, click here.
Winnie Harlow: Vitiligo
Not familiar with vitiligo? This long-term skin condition causes white patches to form on the skin and is caused by a lack of melanin (the pigment in the skin responsible for giving skin, hair and eyes their colour). Supermodel Winnie Harlow is one of the most prominent public figures who has the condition but has spoken at length about how she refuses to be defined by her skin:
"I’m just living life," Winnie told ELLE. "And if that inspires you, I’m proud, but I’m not going to put pressure on myself to be the best person in the world and tell everyone I have vitiligo. If you want to know about it, you can do your research. Either way, I’m not in the dictionary under 'vitiligo.'"
"I love myself the way I am, but people will always message me about other people with vitiligo who cover their skin [saying] 'Winnie Harlow, you need to tell them that they need to love themselves the way they are and stop covering their skin!' No! If that’s what makes them comfortable and what makes them happy, let them be."