All the models that have been vocal about their struggle with acne

You’re not alone

BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / February 02 2023

Anyone who’s chronically struggled with acne will tell you, it’s a real mood killer. From trying mountains of expensive and ineffective skin care, to the scars, the subsequent shame and the inevitable hit to your self-esteem that comes with them. 

And the thing with acne is that it can affect anyone and everyone - even your favourite celebs like Winnie Harlow, Kendall Jenner and Zendaya.

So, thank you to those in the spotlight who’ve taken the time to be vocal about their personal struggles, because in a world of filters and best bits only, showing some reality behind the lense helps to provide some relief and comfort to those going through the same skin struggles.

Iris Law 

During an interview with Vogue Japan, Law admitted it has taken her months to clear up her chronic acne. 

The model relies on prescription skin care to keep her spots at bay. “The things that I take are Spironolactone and Skinoren,” she revealed.

“In the morning I use Skinoren and then I use Differin at night,” she continued. “So once I wash my face I then put this on.”

“I’ve just struggled with acne a lot,” she explained. “So even when people compliment my skin I’m still just like — it doesn’t feel true — even though right now my skin is the best it’s ever been.”

@voguefrance #IrisLaw dévoile sa routine préventive contre l’acné step-by-step. #BeautySecrets #SkinCare #Beautytips #BeautyTikTok ♬ son original - Vogue France

Taylor Hill

Taylor Hill has been LOUD about her struggle with acne, regularly posting unfiltered selfies of her breakouts and scars throughout her journey. Although she's had it a little easier these days and managed to find a routine that works for her skin, she’s still extremely candid about sharing any flare-ups that come her way.


Kendall Jenner

Kendall shared her struggles with acne after it was announced last year she was partnering with Proactiv. “I experienced [acne] at two different times in my life,” she told Bustle magazine. “One being high school, when all you're trying to do is be accepted and be part of something, and I wouldn't even look people in the eyes when I would speak to them. The next time it came around, I was supposed to be this model who has everything together. That's never the case, first of all — good skin or not. But the whole world is looking at you, and it's like a magnifying glass on everything that you do and what happens to you."


Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen is an oversharer and we love her for it, so just like every other aspect of her life, she’s been vocal on the ‘gram everytime she gets an unexpected visitor. She even hilariously hit up Dr. Pimple Popper for some expert advice on a particularly stubborn zit: “I have had this thing on my chin for maybe, like, four years now. It has no exit hole. I used to inject it with...cortisol? Cortisone? It gets bigger around my period. It’s unsqueezable, and it is ruining my life.” 



As a child star who literally grew up in front of the camera, gorgeous human Zendaya, is no stranger to sharing her breakouts with the world. During her teens she actually developed pretty severe acne, and although she has a handle on it now, that doesn’t mean she’s exempt from the occasional hormonal outbreak as she revealed via Twitter: “My hormonal breakouts popping up every month unwelcome, just when I think I got my skin on lock.”


Ruby Rose

Model Ruby Rose has been very public about her acne, sharing pics via social media of her experiences battling with pervasive pimples and scarring, predominantly on her cheeks and jawline from sleeping on hotel pillows: “Yeah it sucks… for me, I don’t see how it’s bothering so many others? But I’m a human. It happens… one side of my face is clear and the other is a mess.”


Need some help getting on top of those zits? Here’s how to get your hormonal acne under control.

Main image credit: @taylor_hill

Briar Clark got her start in the media industry in 2017, as an intern for Marie Claire and InStyle. Since then, her keen interest in fashion and beauty has landed her gigs as a Digital Content Producer and Beauty Editor with titles like Girlfriend, Refinery29, BEAUTYcrew and beautyheaven. She loves the way seemingly innocuous topics like skin care and style have the ability to put a smile on people’s faces or make them think about themselves a little differently. A big believer in self love and experimentation, Briar has made a point of becoming the Australian beauty industry’s unofficial guinea pig for unusual treatments and daring hair trends. When she’s not testing out the latest beauty launches, Briar is big on broadening her horizons, mostly in the form of food but she’s also partial to travelling to new destinations both near and far (and of course, allocating an extra bag to bring their best beauty offerings home with her).