Lili Reinhart has recently made a habit of being as real as possible about her acne. In a new interview with Glamour, the Riverdale star discussed how, despite her continued efforts to destigmatize acne, a pimple still has the power to affect her mental health and self-esteem.
"I cried last night to my mom over FaceTime because of how ugly I felt I looked," Reinhart said.
"My skin has caused me a lot of anxiety and sadness," she continued. "I have a specific type of body dysmorphia that stems from acne. I see any acne on my face as an obsessive thing. [It's] the only thing I can think about, and it makes me want to hide."
The 21-year-old also said the outpouring of support she's received since she started voicing her skin-care challenges has made things a little easier. "Lorde actually messaged me on Instagram when I had spoken out about my acne, and she was like, 'Girl, I feel you. I'm totally on the same page as you,'" Reinhart said. "It was really comforting and very sweet of her."
As SELF wrote previously, skin conditions can absolutely affect a person's mental health.
"It’s super intuitive to think that if you have acne you’re not going to feel very good about it, and I think that pretty much anyone who’s had [acne] would be able to draw that connection,” Ryan Lewinson, Ph.D., co-author of a recent study about acne and mental health, told SELF previously. His research showed that people with the skin condition were also more likely to be diagnosed with clinical depression, and the risk was highest in the first year after their acne diagnosis.
It's important for people who deal with skin conditions to know about their increased risk of mental health issues—and to know that they aren't overreacting when they feel their mental health is suffering due to skin issues. Reinhart, who has been just as honest about her experiences with anxiety and depression as she is about her acne, certainly isn't alone.