She’s refreshingly real about her problem skin
Lili Reinhart isn’t afraid of sharing her battle with acne and encouraging others to talk about their own skin issues.
The Riverdale actress has always been refreshingly honest about her cystic acne, and often takes to Instagram to share snaps of her blemished skin spotted with pimple cream. She even introduced the hashtag #breakoutbuddy, to encourage fellow acne-strugglers to share their experiences.
And in a recent interview with Refinery29, the 21-year-old shared two bits of advice that she said has helped her get her skin back on track. She credits her clear skin to two things: simplifying her skin care routine and learning not to touch her face.
She told Refinery29, “As I got older, I started seeing facialists who were able to look at my skin and give me more information on how to care for my acne. Then I went on a little splurge where I was using every face mask under the sun, which was just making my skin worse. I started paying attention to ingredients and stopped using things that had added perfumes and alcohol.”
Lili speaks the absolute truth – perfecting your skin care routine can be a fickle task, and often you can end up using products that are completely wrong for your skin type in your willingness to try ANYTHING to disappear your acne.
Selecting skin care products is not as easy as picking one with nice packaging or the one that’s most affordable – we need products that are specifically suited to our skin’s needs. So it’s important to know your skin type and to go back to basics (a cleanser, moisturiser and sunscreen) to help you nail the right regimen for you.
“My breakthrough came when I started limiting the products I was using to a smaller pool, which was what actually helped clear my skin. I partnered with Dermalogica to help them launch their Clear Start products like the Breakout Clearing Booster and Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask. I'm also promoting the Clearly Glowing Facial, which is really affordable. I wish I had it when I was a teenager,” Lili told Refinery29.
Her other skin care commandment? Keeping her hands away from her face.
“Learning to not pick was also a big step forward,” she says. “Some people don't have a problem with picking at their skin, but I do. If I see a blackhead on my forehead, I go at it. It’s almost like you’re in trance that you have to snap yourself out of — you have to tear yourself away from the mirror.” Oh the feels! Even though you know it’s not good for your skin, getting rid of those suckers feels so damn good!
However, truth be told, the instant satisfaction of popping and picking at that spot is nowhere near the satisfaction of clearer skin. Picking at your skin not only aggravates existing spots, but also spreads bacteria and oil – which can mean MORE glorious pimples. Ugh. “The day I told myself, 'The moment you pick at something, it's going to get worse,' my skin has gotten significantly better,” says Lili.
Want to get your skin back on track? Take your cues from Lili.
If you need some help selecting the right products for your skin, check out the basics of starting a skin care routine.
What do you think of Lili’s skin care tips? Let us know in the comment section below.
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Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew, Beauty Editor for Women's Health magazine and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.