Lili Reinhart Opens About Struggle With Cystic Acne: 'My Breakouts Don't Define Me'

Lili Reinhart Opens About Struggle With Cystic Acne: 'My Breakouts Don't Define Me'

Lili Reinhart has been struggling with cystic acne for almost ten years.

The 21-year-old Riverdale actress recently opened up her insecurity after a long photo shoot.

“Adult acne story time,” she wrote on her Instagram Story. “I have a cystic breakout on my forehead currently. And I had to do a photoshoot all day long. I’ve had cystic acne since I was 12. And it has caused major self esteem issues ever since. I had to put my biggest insecurity on display. There was nowhere to hide. 20+ people were studying my face on the camera monitor at any given time during the 11 hour shoot. And all I could think about when I was in front of the camera were the pimples on my forehead.”

“I always text my mom when I have a bad breakout to tell her how ugly I feel, and these breakouts shatter my confidence every time they appear,” Lili added. “I’m not sure if or when I’ll ever be able to accept my skin as it is. It’s problematic. It scars easily. It’s painful. But I’m hoping that someday I can feel beautiful even if I’m having a breakout. And that I won’t feel obsessive or paranoid.”

“I feel the need to talk about my struggle with acne. Because maybe if I normalize my skin, more people… including myself… will be able to feel okay about their skin,” she continued. “My breakouts don’t define me. To anyone out there who feels embarrassed or ashamed by breakouts… I feel you. We have each other so let’s get through this acne experience together.”

Lili first talked about having cystic acne back in April.

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