People Magazine interviewed Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart to ask her about her motivations for openly discussing her problem skin. The actress was very candid about a topic most celebrities avoid discussing entirely.
“[Y]ou don’t see acne because it’s unappealing, especially in Riverdale, where everyone looks perfect all the time,” Lili said. “I definitely came on this show feeling like I had the worst skin and I felt very self-conscious about it.”
“When I have a breakout,” she continued, “I feel the urge to tell people, ‘Yes, I know my skin is breaking out.’ It’s a way to help me feel better about when I express my frustration about it to other people. It’s like, ‘Yes, I’m aware my skin looks bad. Trust me, I know.’ Acknowledging it gets it out of the way. Then we can move past it.”
Lili has not shied away from talking about her acne flare-ups with fans while on social media, particularly in chats on Instagram Stories.
“I find it therapeutic sharing that with my fans because it made me feel like it was OK when I broke out,” Lili explained about her openness on social media. “It also shows other people that it’s OK to break out.”
Lili has received some hate and teasing in comments on social media about that openness. But she seems to have gotten past caring about it.
“I don’t know how I’ve gotten to this point, but it truly bounces off my back,” she declared. “I don’t feel insecure at this point in my life, which makes it a lot easier to say f**k off to whoever is trying to bring me down.”
You can check out Lili’s full interview here.
(Image source: Lili Reinhart Instagram account)