They hire personal trainers to whip their bodies into shape, hairdressers to transform their locks, and makeup artists to conceal even the most aggravated pimples. But let’s face it: even the best makeup guru and priciest foundations can’t transform acneic skin into a super smooth, coveted complexion. And celebs aren’t alone when it comes to skin woes: According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne victimizes up to 50 million Americans each year, deeming it the most common skin condition in the United States!
That’s why we’ve scoured the web for all the ways your favorite famous folks zapped their zits away. Surprisingly, many of their remedies are lurking in your own fridge! Find out what these stars’ skin solutions are below, and then cross these 10 Foods That Double Your Risk Of Adult Acne off your grocery list.
In a Net-A-Porter video, Miranda Kerr revealed that noni juice, a juice made of the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich superfruit noni, is “great for your skin” and overall well-being. She’s been drinking the stuff twice a day with water since her grandma introduced her to it when she was just 12 years old (which explains her unblemished visage). Although noni is indigenous to the far away lands below the equator, you can score the bottled stuff from Healing Noni.
Just one glance at Victoria Beckham will reveal two things about her: she’s got impeccable style and almost as perfect skin. So when we found out she struggled with acne back in the day, we were pretty shocked. “I used to have really problematic skin,” she shared with THE EDIT. “And [Dr. Lancer (Beckham’s dermatologist)] said to me, ‘You have to eat salmon every single day.’ I said, ‘Really, every day?’ And he said, ‘Yes; breakfast, lunch or dinner, you have to eat it every single day.’” She obliged, and it turns out that the age-proofing dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) and skin-healing omega-3s in the pink fish helped smooth Posh Spice’s subpar skin. Try sneaking some lox onto whole grain avocado toast or grill a filet of wild salmon for dinner to reap its skin-clearing benefits.
Besides slathering on a plethora of her own brand’s eccentric products, there’s another, more unexpected, way the Goop founder maintains a flawless face. “I believe, for me, doing some cardiovascular exercise everyday is really good for my skin for detoxification and skin tone and color,” Gwyneth told E! News. Although cardio is usually associated with its weight loss benefits, dermatologist Ellen Marmur, MD, author, and associate professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine explained to WebMD, “anything that promotes healthy circulation also helps keep your skin healthy and vibrant” and keep acne away.
Despite her toned tummy and lean legs, Cameron loved to indulge in greasy fast food one too many times a week—until it took a toll on her skin. “I had terrible, terrible skin. It was embarrassing. I used to eat a cheeseburger and fries every day. But once I stopped, a funny thing happened… My skin began to clear up,” Diaz admitted in her book, The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body. So what exactly makes fast food such a skin-flaring culprit? “It’s the simple sugars, white flour and empty carbs like French fries that can be blamed [for acne],” explained Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, founder of Real Nutrition NYC. And it turns out that suffering skin is only one of the 20 Things That Happen To Your Body When You Eat Fast Food.
We don’t remember a time when Jessica Alba’s skin was far from taught, tan, and fault-free. What’s her secret? “Eating tons of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, while reducing sugar and processed foods, makes your skin completely amazing,” Jessica penned in her book, The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You. We second that, as a selfie-worthy complexion is one of the 20 Benefits Of Ditching Processed Foods.
Beneath the picture-perfect contour and sinfully glowing highlight, Kendall Jenner’s skin used to be one of her worst insecurities. Besides for dishing out big bucks on fancy laser treatments, Kenny put her DIY skills into practice and concocted a homemade face mask that helps “dry out” zits—and it won’t break your piggy bank. According to her interview with Allure, this miracle medley combines a teaspoon of baking soda, half a teaspoon of lemon juice, and a teaspoon of honey, which is stirred up and then used as a spot treatment. “Baking soda absorbs oil; acids in the lemon juice will exfoliate dead cells from the skin’s surface; and honey will both calm and soothe inflamed skin and may help kill acne-causing bacteria on the skin,” Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital explained to Allure.
Rihanna isn’t the “Only One” who suffered from an imperfect complexion at some point in her otherwise perfect life. So what did the rockstar do to avoid an unflattering paparazzi shot? “When I feel like my skin has had it, I cut out all alcohol and overdo the water. And lipstick is essential—it draws attention away from any flaws,” she shared, as reported by Cosmopolitan.
It’s probably safe to say that the majority of the American population has suffered through one of those Proactiv commercials, many of them starring a formerly acneic Katy Perry. Although she’s no longer a spokeswoman for the doctor-formulated brand, Refinery29 shared that Katy still swears by the line’s exfoliant and toner to combat clogged pores. The popstar also uses grapeseed oil as a moisturizer and (the ever-so-slightly pricier) Shu Uemura cleansing oil to remove makeup.
Just like Kendall, Mindy Kaling is also a fan of making her own acne remedies in the comfort of her kitchen. Her oily skin cure is one that combines Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar and Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay because “Sometimes I put glop on my face for beauty reasons,” she shared on Instagram.
Although she’s suffered from acne since she was 10 years old, and has tried every treatment under the sun, Jurnee Smollett didn’t give up on her journey to clear skin. Besides swearing by Proactiv, the Full House star advises getting ample sleep and hydration. She also recommends steering clear of one DIY treatment: “It was to remove makeup by using olive oil and then using fresh lemon on a cotton swab,” she told POPSUGAR. “It broke me out like crazy.” Save the comedogenic oil for cooking, as it’s one of the 25 Foods People Over 45 Should Eat!