Kendall Jenner, the ambassador for ProActiv, recently revealed she used to sit and cry about what people on social media said about her acne.
The 23-year-old has often had to face criticism for her looks on social media. She told Allure in a new interview, “I definitely feel, and the things people say online are very hurtful.”
She added, “I’ve always struggled with a bit of acne since I was around 14. It killed a lot of self-esteem and I had to really work past that. It started clearing up for me probably when I was 17 [when] I was modeling a lot, then it all kind of came back when I was about 21 again — really bad, and that’s not a nice feeling.”
Jenner also said, “I get really easily stressed out, but there’s obviously a lot of factors to it. It’s a fact that, as women, our bodies change, so that includes hormonally and everything, so for me, I might just be in that cycle. I’ve had an ongoing battle with it, so it’s a constant thing for me, but I’m in a good place right now, which is awesome.”
Her skin was a major conversation topic at the 2018 Golden Globes. She said, “It’s something that I look at myself in the mirror every day and see. Like, I don’t want it there, but you have to deal with what you have right in front of you, and I had to deal with it.”
She added, “I was feeling good about myself, and then when people say mean things I’m like, ‘I know I have a zit. I know I’m breaking out. You guys don’t have to keep pointing it out. I obviously see that, but let me live.'”
Revealing how harsh some of the criticism was, she added, “I have cried endlessly for days because of things people have said to me, and I’ve had to become stronger through it. I mean, don’t get me wrong: I am not superhuman. You also just have to live your life and not pay attention to it. I think it can get pretty unhealthy if you really are deep in it and paying attention to it all the time. I think that that’s what can really mess you up.”
She reassured people that deal with acne with the message, “There is light at the end of the tunnel, I promise you.”
The full interview is in Allure’s March issue.