'To hide that would feel very inauthentic': Why Lili Reinhart is so open about her acne

Krista Thurrott


Lili Reinhart is known for her honesty around her self image — from acne to body dysmorphia.

Now, the 21-year-old “Riverdale” star is sharing why she’s so open about her experience with cystic acne.

Lili Reinhart explains why it’s so important she speaks openly about her cystic acne <em>(Photo via Getty Images)</em>
Lili Reinhart explains why it’s so important she speaks openly about her cystic acne (Photo via Getty Images)

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I’ve struggled with my skin ever since I was 13 and I had my first big breakout on my forehead,” said Reinhart in an interview with Popsugar. “I still have cystic acne, so I know there will be times where I break out before a big event. I want to show my fans, and also myself, that’s OK. To hide that would feel very inauthentic. My biggest fear is to have someone come up to me in person and think I look different than the image I’m presenting on social media.”

Reinhart often shares comedic takes of her acne journey on Instagram stories <em>(Photo via Instagram)</em>
Reinhart often shares comedic takes of her acne journey on Instagram stories (Photo via Instagram)

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It’s a cause that Reinhart stays true to, regularly posting updates on her skin through Instagram stories. The actress is honest and open with fans about the normalcy of acne — from sharing photos of herself in pimple cream to talking through her anxiety surrounding attending events during a breakout.

The actress even hopes to some day play a role without wearing any makeup at all.

I love how movies like ‘Ladybird’ and ‘Eighth Grade’ show teenagers as they are with acne. I so admire when people do TV or movies where there’s a high-definition camera right in their face, and they don’t wear makeup,” she said. “As much as I love ‘Riverdale,’ and think it’s cool that the show has such a specific look, it’s true that we definitely are picture-perfect. We’re polished, every hair is in place, there are fake lashes, and contoured cheekbones. That’s just the style of the show. But I definitely am very open to working on projects that aren’t like that.”

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