Bella Thorne's Cystic Acne 'Kills' Her When She Looks in the Mirror

Acne is a lifelong struggle—even for some of the rich and famous.

Bella Thorne is one of the more outspoken celebs when it comes to ongoing issues she has with her skin. And as a girl who suffered through it in her teens, she knows it's not something you can just confidently brush off like it's no big deal.


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"I would say don't take it as seriously, but from someone who has had terrible cystic acne, it's life-ruining, so I do take it pretty seriously," she tells Sweety High. "I'd be lying if I told anybody that advice because I can't even live by that advice. It kills me when I look in the mirror."

While her skin has improved over time, the damage from the past has left her with permanent scars (in more ways than one).

"Now, my skin is so much better," she says. "But let me tell you, on the days it was a cystic war zone, it was a long time of me crying in the mirror, redoing my makeup three times because I couldn't stop crying, trying to cover up the terribleness that caused my face to be a different person."

It's hard to believe that Bella—who recently played a sought-after stunner on Famous in Love—has been made fun of by her peers just like the rest of us.


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During the peak of breakouts, "Everyone looks at you and has the nerve to say, 'Why don't you wash your face with a bar of soap?' " she recalls. "And I really want to be like, 'You insensitive [jerk], do you think I would be living with this on my face because I want to? Because I don't wash my face? Anything to do to make acne go away, I've done it."

While Bella's skin issues still affect her daily, it hasn't stopped her from thriving in her field. The successful young actress has a handful of films on the horizon—most currently, "I Still See You," a thriller set in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by ghosts.


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When taking on the role of Veronica in the dark film, Bella says, "It was challenging in the way that you spend three months being a really, really sad person and it takes a really long time to get past that. When you live and breathe in a world where you're constantly relating your own life situations of death and hurt to a movie that you're living in for 18 hours a day, for three months straight, you are sad, let me tell you."

 

Bella is one of the empowering celebs in THIS list of stars who are open about their skin struggles.