Kendall Jenner On Her Battle With Acne: ‘It Ruined My Self-Esteem’

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  • She may be one of the world's top supermodels, but that doesn't mean she didn't go through puberty like everyone else. Kendall Jenner admits acne was a severe issue in her teens...

    At only 19-years-old, Kendall Jenner has become one of the highest paid and most in-demand supermodels in the world. But, she wasn’t always the body confident model we know and love and with the reality TV star-turned-catwalk model having opened up about her battle with acne.

    Writing on her subscription-based website,, Kendall admitted that growing up, her acne was so bad, she used to hide her face from those around her: ‘I had such bad acne when I was younger; I remember it SO well!’

    ‘I started having skin issues around the 8th or 9th grade,’ she wrote. ‘I think I just got acne from being a teenager and simply growing up, which happens to SO many people. But, where it really impacted me was how self-conscious I became about it. It completely ruined my self-esteem.’

    Though the eldest Jenner didn’t go into detail to how bad the condition got, she did say it made her feel like an ‘outcast’ and that her confidence was so low that, ‘I wouldn’t even look at people when I talked to them… When I spoke, it was with my hand covering my face.’

    With older sisters who had already gone through the awkward teen phase, Kendall thanks them in the piece for their advice and helping her through it. And the most important pieces of advice they gave her?

    1. Keep your hands off your face.

    2. Never Pick.

    Simple enough but (as many of us know) hard to master. However, crediting her ‘incredible dermatologist’, Kendall was happy to say she’s been acne-free for three years.

    Ending her post, she reached out to fans saying, ‘What I want everyone to understand is that it’s been a process: It wasn’t anything that happened overnight. Even after things started to clear up, it took a solid amount of time to be okay with my skin and gain back my confidence,’ also revealing that any time she’s struck down with ‘one zit’ she becomes self-conscious once again.

    ‘But slowly, I’m working towards not caring,’ she added. ‘And I’m just in so much of a better place about it all now that I’m older.’

    She concludes: ‘I realized that it’s a part of life for some people and it doesn’t define who you are.’

    While, we don’t all have 24-hour-access to a dermatologist or a talented glam squad at our beck-and-call to cover up the breakouts, Kendall’s admission will no doubt go some way to raise awareness of just how upsetting being afflicted with acne can be.

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