Keke Palmer has just revealed the reason behind her persistent cystic acne

We’re not crying, you’re crying

BEAUTYcrew Content Producer / December 03 2020

Keke Palmer has had a long and tumultuous battle with persistent cystic acne since her teens. The actress has tried everything from skin care to specialised clinical treatments to prescription drug Accutane, all to no avail. But recently, she discovered the cause for her skin woes is actually as a result of undiagnosed PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS for short.

Keke shared the revelation with her fans via an Instagram post where she showed up close and personal shots of the scars she has had to live with as well as a touching and lengthy account of her acne journey:

“Hey you guys, for some of you this may be TMI, but for me my platform has always been used for things much greater than me. PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome has been attacking me from the inside out my entire life and I had no idea. My acne has been so bad that people in my field offered to pay for me to get it fixed. I tried EVERYTHING. I did Accutane TWICE. People say drink water, have a better diet, but I did all that, I ate all the “right” things, my blood tests were fine. But it took ME taking a personal look into my family that has a history of diabetes and obesity, to understand what was ACTUALLY happening with me. And unfortunately doctors are people and if you don’t “look the part” they may not think that’s your problem. They may not even suggest it if you “look healthy” whatever that means! I came to a doctor in tears once and all they offered was a measles vaccine... Exactly.”

“I’m posting this to say that it’s okay and we can help ourselves. My skin has made me sad many nights but I do not give up on myself. I know this is not me and my body has been looking for help. I do not have a medical degree but I did the research and took what I learned to a doctor and that led them to a proper diagnosis. I’m not saying trust web md for everything haha but what I am saying is no one can help us like we can help ourselves.”

“This especially makes me sad because my family struggled for years and no doctor could help them, they actually mislead them and just took their money. It’s only because of what my family sacrificed that allows me to even have the resources to share the information I’m sharing with you! Their fight out of poverty gave me a better life and I just want to share what I learn 🙏🏾”

“The least harmful thing PCOS can bring is acne. To all the people struggling with this please know you’re not alone and that you are still so fucking fine! MY ACNE AINT NEVER STOPPED ME. But we don’t have accept this. Now I can really help KEKE! And I love her so it’s ON.”

“Pray for me on this journey and I will pray for you too. I’m not afraid to show myself to the world and you shouldn’t be either ❤️”

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Main image credit: @ann_joneshair

Briar is a Content Producer at BEAUTYcrew. She is a self-professed skin care obsessive, always on the hunt for the perfect mascara, and can't go past a plumping lipgloss.