It’s not easy to live your life in the spotlight – especially when, like actress Bella Thorne, you suffer from acne so severe that you cry yourself to sleep at night worrying about how ‘ugly’ it looks.
While many might think the 18-year-old star has benefited from a beautifully flawless complexion for most of her teenage years, Bella recently spoke out about her struggles with acne on Instagram, while sharing a stunning bare-faced selfie.
‘I used to read comments about my face, my skin, my nose, my eyes, and even my beauty marks people didn’t approve of,’ Bella, who is an ambassador for skincare brand Neutrogena, wrote.
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Baring it all: Bella Thorne, 18, may have flawless skin now, but the actress suffered with acne for many years
Spreading a message: The actress urged her followers to share their own bare-faced selfies
‘Putting make-up over acne makes it so much worse. I know lots of my friends also struggle with acne and it’s something you can’t control.
‘I know lots of people think others with acne are ‘dirty’ or ‘don’t take care of themselves’. That is false. My question to you is: Why should we be judged?’
With her confession the red-haired starlet hopes to inspire her 9.2 million followers to embrace their natural appearance, zits and all.
She prompted: ‘Use #mynatrualbeauty & lets inspire every girl to be proud of what they look like and who they are. I love you guys. [sic]’
Past struggles: Bella, pictured in 2014, admitted that she has struggled with severe blemishes, which she always felt the need to hide from the world
Au natural: Bella revealed on Instagram that her acne caused her to ‘cry every night’ because she wasn’t happy with her appearance
Skin is in: If her latest bare-faced selfies are anything to go by, it seems as though Bella has now cleared up any complexion issues
Thus far, the post has received more than 202,000 likes, while hundreds of fans have already followed suit, posting their own fresh-faced selfies to Instagram and thanking Bella for the encouragement.
‘Immediately took all my makeup off after reading @bellathorne ‘s last post. I have acne. You have acne. Every one of my friends struggles with acne. But guess what? That’s part of growing up,’ one girl wrote, while sharing a picture of her cosmetics-free face.
‘It doesn’t make you ugly or filthy. It makes you beautiful because it’s so absolutely natural. So I stand with Bella. Make acne shaming a thing of the past.’
Another girl added: ‘Supporting Bella Thorne, my idol. I love you and accept you with all your insecurities.’
Model: Bella has been a Neutrogena brand ambassador since 2014
Fit and flawless: The former Disney Channel star often shares her workout routines with her 9.2 million Instagram followers
Bella’s latest make-up free selfie is the latest in a long line of bare-faced images she has been sharing on her Instagram account.
Over the weekend, she posted a snap of herself looking fresh-faced and bright-eyed as she made her way to the airport, while just a few hours earlier she shared a mirror selfie taken in the gym during a workout.
She captioned the snap, ‘Feeling like I live at the gym now.’
Indeed, Bella has also been posting frequent selfies and videos that showcase her demanding fitness regimen.
Last week she revealed to followers that she has even taken to making her own sports drinks, creating an ‘electrolyte enhanced spa water with fresh, organic watermelon, orange and lemon’ for her workouts.