The KUWTK star on her years-long strug­gle with acne

dDecked out in a glam­orous cou­ture gown and daz­zling di­a­monds, Ken­dall Jen­ner was feel­ing like the su­per­model that she is while she posed on the red car­pet at the 2018 Golden Globes. “I was so into my look and loved my dress,” says the 23-year-old. “I went out [there] with a lot of con­fi­dence.” But when she checked so­cial me­dia that night, Jen­ner was hor­ri­fied by the mean com­ments re­gard­ing her vis­i­ble acne. “I was like, ‘Well, this sucks!’ ” Yet she re­fused to let the neg­a­tiv­ity get to her, declar­ing, “Never let that s--- stop you!” to her 25 mil­lion Twit­ter fol­low­ers. “I had no choice but to show peo­ple I wasn’t trip­ping [out] about it.”

Jen­ner hasn’t al­ways felt un­stop­pable. On the eve of her first day of high school, the Keep­ing Up with the Kar­dashi­ans star suf­fered her first ma­jor­break­out.“ilostallofmy­con­fi­dence,” she says. “I lit­er­ally wouldn’t even look peo­ple in the eye when I would speak to them.” Though her pim­ples cleared up for a cou­ple years after high school, they came back worse than ever when she turned 21. “I was hav­ing a cou­ple re­ally chal­leng­ing years of my life, so I think it was stress and hor­mones,” says Jen­ner, who had pre­vi­ously opened up about her crip­pling anx­i­ety on her fam­ily’s E! re­al­ity show.

Grow­ing up with sev­eral fa­mously gor­geous sis­ters only made things worse. “That was also

tough for me: to look at my beau­ti­ful sis­ters with beau­ti­ful skin and think, ‘Okay, why me? What’s wrong with me?’ ” she says of her older half sis­ters Kourt­ney, 39, Kim, 38, and Khloé Kar­dashian, 34, and younger sis­ter Kylie Jen­ner, 21 (the model also has a half brother, Rob Kar­dashian, 31). After try­ing sev­eral types of treat­ment, Jen­ner turned to Proac­tiv, the pop­u­lar der­ma­tol­o­gist­de­vel­oped acne sys­tem, and saw ma­jor im­prove­ments in her com­plex­ion. “I was des­per­ate, and it [ended up be­ing] such a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence,” says the star, who is the line’s new­est spokes­woman.

With both her skin and men­tal health in check, the model’s life may ap­pear idyl­lic to her more than 101 mil­lion fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram. But Jen­ner in­sists she has more in com­mon with her fans than they might think. “No one’s per­fect,” she says, quickly point­ing out how “cu­rated” her feeds are. “You pick the best mo­ments of your life and put it on­line, but ev­ery­one has stuff that they deal with.” She’s hop­ing her new role helps ease some of the pain her young fans may face. “There were def­i­nitely re­ally low mo­ments, and it was very frus­trat­ing most days,” she says about her own anx­i­ety-rid­den jour­ney with acne. “It feels like a never-end­ing bat­tle, but I want ev­ery­one to know I’m okay and you can be too.”

‘I lit­er­ally wouldn’t even look peo­ple in the eye. I lost all my con­fi­dence’ —KEN­DALL JEN­NER


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