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Keke Palmer Opens Up About Her Lifelong Struggle With Acne

Plus, the multihyphenate drops her favorite beauty products of all time.

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The young girl that we once knew from Akeelah and the Bee has now made a full transition into the Queen and we are here for all of it. Keke Palmer has been making her mark in the industry for more than a decade, and her new position as a permanent anchor on the Sara, Strahan and Keke Show is proof that she hasn't had to secure the bag because she is the bag.

Keke, who plays Mercedes in the new film Hustlers told Refinery29 that even though she's learning to navigate the industry as the boss ass businesswoman that she is, people still can't help but see her as a kid:

"I've become used to the pressures that come with being a child star. Now, I just think of everyone as a family member. You can go off to college, be pregnant and married, and be grown as hell, but everyone will always think of you as 'little Tee-Tee.'"

According to Keke, the stress that comes with being a child-star turned-industry giant has had so much of an effect on her internally, that the turmoil she felt eventually began to manifest externally. She explained:

"There has always been pressure to look perfect at all times. Those pressures were causing me anxiety because I used to struggle with my skin. I was so held down by what other people thought about me. As I've gotten older, I've grown to care less."

Along with managing stress, Keke says that over the years, she's also had to work with dermatologist to keep her sebum-related severities under control.

"When I was younger, I worked with dermatologists for my acne, and a lot of their solutions involved harsh medication."

As she got older, the now 26-year-old actress says that she's ditched the pharmaceuticals and tried a less aggressive approach to skincare. Along with streaming her face and putting a good charcoal mask to use every now and then, Keke says she also regularly consults with an esthetician:

"I didn't want to take that route as an adult, so I go to estheticians and facialists to help keep my skin clear. I try to get a facial once every two weeks, which can be expensive. When I can't get one in, I do a charcoal mask and steam my face at home."

While Keke may have allowed her anxiety to block her glow up before, the actress says that now, she's comfortable in her own skin, keeping in mind that the first step to the ultimate level-up starts with self-love.

"Now, I do whatever it takes to make myself feel better, whether that means not wearing any makeup, not hiding my acne scars, or changing my hair. Realizing that I have power over myself and my confidence felt like a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders."

When asked what's next in the young starlet's life, she gave us this piece of advice:

"Listen, life is all about the glow up right now. My ethos going into a new year of life is to keep growing no matter how fast or slow the next season might be. Life isn't a sprint; it's a marathon."

Along with giving us some wise words to live by, Keke also gave up the details on some of her favorite products that she uses to get get her skin all the way together, from head-to-toe:

To read the full interview with Refinery29 click here!

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