THE SUPERMODEL OPENS UP ABOUT HER STRUGGLE WITH ACNE
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