Over the weekend, Kris Jenner teased that a new announcement about her daughter Kendall‘s life was coming, one that Kris said on Twitter would be “her most raw story.” The revelation turned out to be Kendall’s new partnership with acne treatment company Proactiv.
Although some fans felt like the announcement wasn’t exactly what they were expecting, it is a reminder that acne is super common—and not always something that simply goes away with time.
In the video, which was timed to coincide with this year’s Golden Globes, Jenner recalls her experience at last year’s awards.
As SELF wrote at the time, photos of Jenner on the red carpet did reveal that she’d been dealing with some acne that day. And that’s what a few people on Twitter chose to focus on, both in negative and positive ways. “Ok but @KendallJenner showing up and strutting her acne while looking like a gorgeous star is what every girl needs to understand,” wrote one person. And Jenner responded with, “never let that shit stop you! 😎✨”
“I remember last year I was at an awards show, and I was very excited about it, I had never been before,” Jenner says in the new video. “I remember getting ready that day, getting my makeup on. I got on the carpet and I felt really good about myself—I loved my dress and my hair, and my makeup was so beautiful.”
But when she went online later, she says, she saw “all the horrible things people were saying about me and my skin. I felt so good that I completely forgot that I had bad skin.” From there, things got a bit better: “Then I remember getting a couple tweets that became a lot of tweets of how proud people were of me. I was like, ‘Oh wait, this is actually kind of cool.’ And it completely flipped my energy on it.”
However, “at the same time, I do want it gone,” she says in the video, before crediting Proactiv with helping her get clearer skin.
Acne is incredibly common, but what works for one person won’t necessarily work for someone else.
And, obviously, Jenner has access to options that others may not.
It may be easy to tell yourself you should shrug off your issues as “just acne.” But other skin issues (like rosacea) may be confused for acne and in some cases it can be difficult to determine what’s actually causing your acne. Hormonal acne, for instance, often follows a specific pattern as your levels of estrogen and progesterone fluctuate throughout the month. However, that pattern might not be obvious unless you’re working with a dermatologist who can help you track it.
Plus, as SELF wrote previously, dealing with stubborn acne or any other visible skin issue can take a very real toll on your mental health. So, if your current treatments don’t seem to be helping, it may be beneficial to speak with a dermatologist for several reasons.