If you read our recent roundtable discussion on acne, you know that many of us are unfortunately familiar with the perils of blemishes at Byrdie HQ. It's during this discussion that we dive into our emotional and physical relationship with acne: how it shaped our adolescent and teenage years as well as our 20s. We discuss feeling like the only people who have acne in a sea of porcelain-skinned peers and the inevitable embarrassment that harvests itself.
Working in the beauty industry, we've learned that many celebrities face this same issue—they're not exempt from acne just because they're famous. Selfishly, knowing this comforts us and makes us feel less like outcasts. We take their product recommendations and tricks to heart, as we literally see them working right before our eyes in glossies, on their Instagram pages, and on the silver screen. And below, we've compiled some of their best acne-clearing advice in hopes of also having a complexion fit for the red carpet. Keep scrolling to learn more.
She's a facialist to some of the biggest models in the biz (i.e. Irina Shayk, Miranda Kerr), so we can't say we were surprised when Lindsay Ellingson told us that Ildi Pekar is her go-to for fixing her skin woes. One of Pekar's recommendations to the supermodel was to make a DIY mask of honey and mango to clear and brighten the skin. Just mash a few squares of mango into 1 tablespoon of raw honey and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing. Blemished skin will look noticeably smoother and more radiant.
"I've struggled with acne around the chin ever since I was a teenager. We associate acne with teenage years, which is absolutely the case. I have an 18-year-old stepdaughter who, I look at her, and she has beautiful skin, but I always think, Oh, I remember those days!" Kate Bosworth told us in an exclusive interview. Bosworth has found solace in Aczone, a prescription-only acne cream, after cleansing and before moisturizing at night.
The Hills alum told us that pregnancy ignited quite a few flare-ups on her face, so she "rediscovered" her Clarisonic, which made a "huge difference" in her skin's appearance.
Kylie Jenner shared on her Snapchat (where else?) that her favorite pimple banisher is Mario Badescu's Drying Lotion. She dips a Q-Tip right into the pink base of the bottle and dabs it onto her blemishes for an overnight fix.
The former Miss Universe mixes five pumps of this oral supplement mixed in 2–4 ounces of water both morning and night to heal the skin from the inside out. This also works on eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. Check out Culpo's guest post on Byrdie for more of her skin-clearing tips.
Gigi Hadid swears by a dollop of toothpaste on a pimple to dry it out. While this may be the case (think hotel emergency treatment), we vote for a less harsh fix, like these awesome tried-and-true spot treatments.
What's your go-to zit-zapper? Tell us below!