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Lucy Hale Gets Real About Her Acne

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    According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S., affecting over 50 million men and women — which means acne can't only happen to everyday peeps. Our friends in Hollywood are also amongst the breakout bunch, despite what Photoshop and makeup might lead you to believe.

    How do we know? Well, a number of brave souls have opened up about their skin struggles. You might know the (oft-overused) phrase: celebrities, they're just like us. But they truly are, we swear! We have the interviews and Instagrams to prove it!

    Click through to read up on the times some of your favorite pretty faces proved that us normal folks don't monopolize zits — acne is equal-opportunity. And stick around for the products stars swear by to keep acne at bay.

    The grown-up guide to dealing with acne. Read more from The Acne Diaries, here.



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    Lucy Hale
    We think most celebrities would agree: Paparazzi are the worst, especially when they catch you at your "worst." Lucy Hale was recently perhaps the first star to be snapped while dotted with zit cream. The Pretty Little Liars actress posted a sweatpants-clad photo the paps took of her on Instagram, with the caption: “When you're caught with zit cream and a really chic outfit.” We love that she has a sense of humor about her skin woes.

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    Katy Perry
    A former spokesperson for Proactiv, Katy Perry has never been shy about her acne. Although she doesn't have a relationship with the brand anymore, she told us in a recent interview that she still uses the line's exfoliant and toner. Other products she swears by to combat her breakouts? Grape seed oil as a moisturizer and Shu Uemura's cleansing oil as a makeup remover.

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    Kendall Jenner
    The Kardashian-Jenners are often praised as being makeup mavens, but underneath all of that contour and bronzer, they, too, have suffered at the hand of acne. Kendall Jenner penned a heartfelt post on her website back in October about how her then-blemishes took a toll on her self-esteem.

    "I wouldn’t even look at people when I talked to them," she wrote. "I felt like such an outcast; when I spoke, it was with my hand covering my face. Sure, I had crushes in high school, but I wouldn’t even think about looking at guys."

    With the help of her dermatologist and an almost $500 Laser Genesis treatment, her skin began to clear up and her confidence rose. She offered up these final words of advice: "It wasn't anything that happened overnight," she writes. "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. I realized that it's a part of life for some people, and it doesn't define who you are."

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    Mindy Kaling
    The ever-so-candid Mindy Kaling approaches her skin-care problems with — what else — humor. "That zit cream in your 30s life," she captioned a selfie of herself dotted with cream in December. Last year, she also revealed that she's all about the DIY beauty-treatment life to help keep her pimples and oily skin at bay. Apple cider vinegar and Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay are her go-to mask ingredients, making her a girl after our own all-natural hearts.

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    Kate Bosworth
    Reflecting on her bumpy history with her skin, actress Kate Bosworth was quick to remind us in an interview that acne doesn't simply disappear once you nab a high school diploma. "I feel like we always associate acne with teenage years, but it never really leaves you," she says. "You'll have issues with your skin and your body, and you just have to find the things that will help you balance everything out."

    How does the star stop her skin from teetering off the deep end? She takes evening primrose capsules in the morning, applies the acne treatment Aczone in the evening, and uses the gentle-but-effective Epicuren Herbal Cleanser, as well as the brand's face cream.