Lili Reinhart Opens Up About Her Struggles With Acne

And how she makes her skin feel "like a baby's butt"

Since starring alongside Cole Sprouse as Betty Cooper in the first season of Riverdale, Lili Reinhart has been on our television screens a lot — not only in the weekly episodes but also at interviews and awards shows. That means a lot of time in the makeup chair trying to make her skin look perfect.

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Speaking to US Weekly in a recent interview, Lili reveals that her flawless-looking on-screen skin is actually a lot of “smoke and mirrors.” She says, “I look at myself on the show and my skin looks pretty perfect, but it’s not in real life. It really isn’t… I have cystic acne so I get major breakouts and have to go to the dermatologist all the time.”

To combat her cystic acne, Lili says she takes super duper special care of her skin, including spot treatments every night and even cortisone shots (at the doctor’s of course). Her daily skincare routine includes an acne cleanser, rose water toner, and retinol cream. To exfoliate her skin so it feels “like a baby’s butt,” she uses cult favorite St. Ives Apricot Scrub—which is less than $4!

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Lili is open on social media about the struggles she faces with her skin, knowing that so many people watching her on television might think it’s naturally perfect. “It makes you feel like s—t when everyone on TV or in the movies has perfect skin because it’s just not realistic,” she explains. Commending fellow actress Bella Thorne for also being open about living with acne, Lili says, “I think the way [Bella] talks about her skin and the way she just accepts it is something that I really do genuinely admire.”

Even though Lili tries to put on a brave face about dealing with problematic skin while in the public eye, it’s not always easy. “I do get self-conscious,” she confesses. “I do cover up my skin with concealer every time I leave the house in case someone wants to get a photo. Definitely being in the spotlight is hard. This is my skin. It’s me and there’s nothing I can do about it. It’s not like I can hide it by wearing a baseball cap on the red carpet.”

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