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Lili Reinhart got real about her cystic acne and how it triggers her body dysmorphia disorder


By Sarah Finnan
17th Nov 2021

Lili Reinhart / Instagram

Lili Reinhart got real about her cystic acne and how it triggers her body dysmorphia disorder

‘Riverdale’ actress Lili Reinhart recently admitted that sometimes her cystic acne makes her feel so bad about herself that she wants to “crawl under a rock and hide".

As a well-known actress in the public eye, Lili Reinhart is used to being scrutinised. That doesn’t mean that she finds it easy though. Quite the opposite, in fact, and she’s had a hard time adjusting to life in the spotlight. Particularly when her cystic acne flares up and her confidence takes a hit. 

Getting candid about the toll that both her skin woes and her body dysmorphia have had on her throughout her career, put simply, it sucks. “Having cystic acne sucks enough as it is, but having to be in front of a camera during a breakout makes me feel 100000x worse,” she wrote on Instagram last week after a particularly rough day. “It triggers a lot of old feelings of BDD (body dysmorphia disorder) and I want to crawl under a rock and hide,” she continued. 

On her “worst days on set”, even “something as stupid as a pimple” can dictate how she feels about herself. As those of us who have struggled with skin problems will know, it can be confidence-crushing. Our blemishes may be the least of our peer’s worries, but usually, it’s all we can think about… which must be all the more difficult for Reinhart given her line of work and the fact that she’s always being watched (be that on screen, on set or IRL).

It’s not a topic she shies away from talking about though and she’s always been refreshingly honest about her skin woes. 

If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a thousand times: social media is fake life. It’s the highlight reel, no one’s life is as good as it seems on their Instagram feed. Yeah, yeah, we nod in agreement. We know it’s true but do we really know it’s true? Social media is a facade and it can be easy to feel as though everyone else is perfect. Reinhart isn’t interested in perpetuating such untruths. Back in 2018, she surprised fans when she came on stories to talk about how a cystic breakout had made her feel insecure. 

“I’ve had cystic acne since I was 12. And it has caused major self-esteem issues ever since,” she revealed. Just back from a photo shoot, the Riverdale star said that it had been a difficult day for her. “I had to put my biggest insecurity on display,” she continued. “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.”

Admitting that her breakouts “shatter” her confidence and often make her feel “ugly”, she decided to share her experience partly to help herself process her emotions and partly to reassure others that they’re not alone. “I’m not sure if or when I’ll ever be able to accept my skin as it is. 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,” she said at the time. 

Actors are often glamourised to a degree that feels unrelatable.

They spend hours in hair and makeup, are given access to the best beauty treatments, and generally have a team of personal chefs, stylists, and trainers to help them look their best. Celebrity attempts to share their vulnerabilities can sometimes come off as forced as a result. Supermodel Bella Hadid recently bemoaned the fact that she only got her first pair of Louboutins when she graduated high school. In her head, this probably made her relatable – she didn’t have designer clothes growing up either! She’s just like you! The sentiment was lost in the delivery though and her attempts to come across as salt-of-the-earth were sullied by privilege. 

Reinhart is one of the few whose vulnerability feels real. As mentioned above, she’s dealt with body dysmorphia for much of her life too, and has been quite outspoken on topics many others might consider taboo. Depression, anxiety and the representation of the human body on film, to name but a few. “I’ve felt very insecure due to the expectation that people have for women on TV, what they should look like,” she Tweeted in February of last year. “But I have come to terms with my body and that I’m not the kind of person you would see walking on a runway during fashion week. I have bigger boobs, I have cellulite on my thighs/butt, and my stomach sticks out rather than curves in,” she continued. 

“This is still something I struggle with on a daily basis. And it doesn’t help when I’m being compared to other women… I want other young women to see my body on TV and feel comfort in the fact that I’m not a size 0. And I’m not a perfect hourglass shape.”