Celebrities With Skin Conditions - They're Just Like Us!

June 22, 2017

  • You would never know it from looking at their glamorous red carpet photos, but celebrities aren't immune to skin conditions - including the very same ones that can affect the rest of us, like psoriasis and acne. Here are five stars who not only learned how to manage their skin issues, but how to accept themselves, flaws and all.
  • Model Cara Delevingne Has PsoriasisDimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

    2 / 6 Model Cara Delevingne Has Psoriasis

    The gorgeous model and actress is one of many celebrities who struggle with psoriasis, a skin disease that causes silvery scales and red itchy patches to form on the body.Delevingne told the Times of London, "People would put on gloves and not want to touch me because they thought it was, like, leprosy or something." She once had to wake up at 3 a.m. before modeling in the Louis Vuitton show to have her patches covered with body paint. "It wasn't a good time... 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." The stunner is taking a break from modeling and points to the stress of the industry as one of the reasons. The move should help reduce her flare-ups of psoriasis, since stress can be a trigger. Though there is no cure for psoriasis, topical and oral medications (along with phototherapy and lifestyle modifications like stress reduction) may help manage the condition.
  • Jon Hamm Has VitiligoFrazer Harrison/Getty Image

    3 / 6 Jon Hamm Has Vitiligo

    Best known for playing the dapper Don Draper on Mad Men, you would never guess that Emmy-award winning actor Jon Hamm has vitiligo, a condition that causes white patches to appear on the skin. The patches appear when melanocytes, the cells that make pigment, are destroyed. It is unknown what triggers the body to destroy the cells, but it is suspected that vitiligo may be an autoimmune disorder. Michael Jackson is also well known for having vitiligo. Though stress doesn't cause vitiligo, it can trigger the condition. Hamm told British GQ his vitiligo, which is on his hands, began around the same time he started on the critically-acclaimed show and he was under tremendous stress. Now that the series has finished, ideally he will have more time to relax and his condition may not advance. There is no cure for vitiligo, though treatments to restore pigment to the skin may work for some. These include oral and topical medications, light treatments, and surgical treatments. For the short term, you can cover the patches with makeup, as the makeup artists on Mad Men did for Hamm.
  • Brooke Burke Has Pregnancy-Related MelasmaPaul Archuleta/Getty Images

    4 / 6 Brooke Burke Has Pregnancy-Related Melasma

    Melasma is also called the "mask of pregnancy" and that's exactly when the skin condition first occurred for actress Brooke Burke; she was pregnant with her fourth son when the dark brown patches started appearing on her face. The extra hormones that go hand in hand with pregnancy are known triggers of the condition, which is marked by darker pigmentation, most commonly on the cheeks, forehead, chin, and upper lip. Being diligent with applying a daily sunscreen can help prevent the patches from appearing. Men can also get melasma, but only make up about 10 percent of those with the condition. For some women, melasma fades on its own after they give birth when their hormones return to normal. Burke has written on her blog about all the treatments she has tried, including fractional laser, intense pulse light, chemical peels, skin lighteners, brightening treatments, and prescription bleachers. Though these treatments work to even out skin tone for many, especially lighter skinned women, they have not worked for the olive-skinned Burke. She has learned how to cover her melasma with makeup - and to come to terms with it, reminding others with the same condition, "I assure you that no one else is looking at the same things that you see in the mirror."
  • Emma Stone, Along With Millions of Others, Has AcneMatteo Chinellato/Corbis

    5 / 6 Emma Stone, Along With Millions of Others, Has Acne

    Along with her impressive acting chops, actress Emma Stone is known for her porcelain skin and has a contract with a major cosmetic company. But even The Amazing Spider-Manactress gets acne breakouts. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, this common skin condition affects an estimated 40 to 50 million Americans and is caused when dead skin cells clog pores as a result of a buildup of sebum in the skin. Stone has said she had hormonal acne as a teenager and treated it with Accutane, a prescription form of vitamin A that has since been discontinued because of its side effects and was pulled from the market. Stone herself only took the drug for two months as it made her skin, lips, and eyes overly dry. Then when she was 20, she developed cystic acne, a type of acne marked by hard, painful bumps that start deep in the pores. "I realized how debilitating and embarrassing it can be to have cystic acne," she told Refinery29. "So, I'm really interested in the biology of what makes up acne and how to work on it from the outside, too." As a result, she says, "I'm vigilant about skin care across the board, both with sun and breakouts." Acne is treated with topical creams, oral antibiotics, light and laser treatments, and chemical peels. You may find that your acne improves as you grow out of your teens, only to have it pop up again in your 20s, as Stone's did. Acne can also appear in your 30s and 40s, though it is generally most severe in your younger years.
  • Sam Smith Has RosaceaSamir Hussein/Getty Images

    6 / 6 Sam Smith Has Rosacea

    Grammy winner and "Stay With Me" crooner Sam Smith revealed he has rosacea to US Weekly. The English singer, with his fair skin and blue eyes, is typical of the demographic for the skin condition that causes redness and flushing on the nose, cheeks, and chin. More than 14 million Americans have the condition, which can affect people of all skin colors and ethnicities. It's more common in women than men, though it tends to be more severe in men. There is no cure for the skin condition, but it can be managed with prescription topical creams and oral antibiotics. It is also helpful to know the triggers that can bring on a flare-up, so you can avoid them when possible. Common triggers are sun exposure, alcohol, spicy foods, and stress.



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