Whether she’s Snapchatting herself with zit cream or zooming into her pimples for her millions of followers, Bella Thorne has always been open and honest about her life-long struggle with cystic acne. But that doesn’t mean that she isn’t a fan of makeup to cover her acne when goes out in public, especially when she knows that there are paparazzi and tabloids waiting around the corner to snap a photo of her blemished face and label her as a “wild child.”
In her new mini-documentary for Vogue, “Inside the life of Bella Thorne,” the 20-year-old actress opened up about how she is often stereotyped for partying too much because of her cystic acne. In one part, before Thorne leaves her house to take a driving lesson, she groaned about how she doesn’t want to put makeup on, but she felt inclined to because of the paparazzi who wait outside her house everyday. “I need to something with my face. I don’t want to put makeup on, but I look so tired,” she said.
The documentary continued with Thorne explaining how the media often paints her as an extreme partier because of her tired skin, which they assume is from late-night partying, when it’s really Thorne’s acne. “There’s paparazzi parked outside my house at all times. I have to think about what I look like. If I go out without makeup, [they say] she must have been partying the night before, look at her skin, she’s wrecked,” Thorne said. “No, it’s because I struggle with cystic acne.”
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real skin alert 🚨 it's no secret I struggle w acne. Sometimes it's clear and sometimes it's just not. I'm very self conscious and constantly feeling bad about myself. BUT I shouldn't feel bad. It is normal to have acne. EVERY1 does! It's only our society and social media outlets like this one that tells us we have to have "perfect skin" to be considered socially acceptable. I'm here to tell you rn FUCK THAT. I'm going to show my skin for what is it and own it. No matter what any1 says. #ownit #beyou #acne #purebeauty #nofilter #lol
The “Famous in Love” star also opened up about how she feels like she’s held to an “unfair standard” because of her Disney Channel past. Though Thorne admits that she purposefully shows the “realer, grittier side” of her to shed her Disney image, she doesn’t feel like the “wild child” labels are warranted.
“That’s why I constantly have to put out my image as the realer, grittier side, which of course gets me the backlash,” Thorne said. “‘Bella Thorne. She’s crazy. Smoking weed. That’s wild child. She’s going out with her friend. Look at that 20 year old. She came out as bisexual.’ They hold me to this unfair standard. A hundred percent everything that I do is not that big of a deal. It’s hard to be yourself.”
With thousands of people scrutinizing her behavior and paparazzi waiting to catch her mistakes, it’s incredible that Thorne has continued to stay sane. Cheers to her for always keeping it real.