Most Americans have struggled with their skin at some point in their lives which is why a good skin care routine is essential. Below you will find that even some of our most beloved celebrities have faced skin conditions, some you’ve probably never even heard of!
The 26-year old singer was diagnosed with psoriasis when she was 2 years old and her parents noticed a very bad breakout in her scalp. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that causes rapid skin cell growth, causing skin to be discolored, itchy, patchy and dry. Rimes has been very vocal about the conditions effect on her, saying it kept her teased and isolated as a child, as well as in and out of the doctor’s office. Rimes, who was diligent to keep her skin condition quiet in the early years of her career, is now an advocate for Stophiding.org, a campaign sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology and the National Psoriasis Foundation. Psoriasis affects more than 7.5 million Americans and 125 million people worldwide.
Although you have probably noticed the scarring on singer-songwriter Seal’s face, you may not have known that they are the result of a rare form of lupis, disoid lupis erythematosus. He developed the condition when he was 23 which generally causes thick scar-like lesions and if untreated the marks can become cancerous. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that is genetically passed and the scarring generally affects the face, ears and scalp. Quite rare, this particular form is found in only 10% of all diagnosed Lupis patients.
The Duchess of Cambridge is one of many people in the world who suffer from eczema, and was even bullied in school because of her condition. Eczema is a condition that causes the skin to become rough, itchy and inflamed as a result of scratching, so much so that it has been called the “itch that rashes.” More than 35 million Americans have eczema and statistic shownthat between 10 and 20% of the world’s population will struggle with eczema at some point in their lives.
In 2007 McGregor announced that he’d had several moles removed from his face with one of them being cancerous. He told BBC Today that he had just gone in to get his moles checked because he is cautious of spending time in the sun with such pale skin. He said, “I went to see a specialist who thought they better be removed and indeed he was correct.”
Kardashian was diagnosed with psoriasis during an episode of her reality show in 2011 after she noticed red itchy patches of irritated skin on her arms and legs. The condition is often made worse by smoking, alcohol, obesity, stress, and viral or bacterial infections. People are also at an increased risk of acquiring the condition if they have a family history of it. In Kim’s case, her mother Kris was also diagnosed when she was 30 years old.
The Academy-Award winner has had roasacea for several years and has been open about being proactive instead of ashamed. The condition causes blotchy redness on the skin and can very closely resemble acne. Like Zellweger anyone can keep the condition under control by living a healthy lifestyle and of course consulting a professional dermatologist for treatment and tips to reduce the risk of breakouts.
In a 2010 interview with Rolling Stone magazine Hamm discussed his recent bout with Vitiligo, saying, “It’s stress-oriented. It comes and goes and waxes and wanes. This did not exist before [Mad Men].” Vitiligo is a condition affecting the pigment of the skin causing complete loss in some areas. It often leaves white patches randomly across the skin. In Hamm’s case his hands have been discolored in certain places and he isn’t the first in the Hollywood spotlight to struggle with this condition. Most famously, Michael Jackson lived in the public eye with vitiligo for decades.
In the late 90s the talk show host peeled off a bandage on “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee” revealing a scar where a cancerous brown spot used to be. Philbin was 61 at the time. He was later diagnosed with skin cancer again only this time more severe. He underwent Mohs surgery, a type of chemosurgery, to have it removed and is once again cancer free.
You may have mistaken the dark freckle-like spots on the award-winning actor’s face to be moles or sunspots. They are in fact a result of a skin condition that affects up to 35% of the African American population—Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra the condition is generally first noticeable during puberty with the number of lesions increasing with age.
This list of celebrities with acne goes on and on. To name a few: Megan Fox, Cameron Diaz, Jessica Simpson, Katy Perry, Sean P.Diddy Combs, Alicia Keys, Serena Williams, Vanessa Williams, Lindsay Lohan and so many more. After all, acne is the most common skin disease in the US affecting nearly 40 million Americans well into adulthood. There are several solutions to treating and getting grid of acne including over the counter creams and face washes. For more severe cases you can utilize prescription medicines or, the solution that almost all of the aforementioned celebrities promote, Proactiv.
Dr. Scott Darling is the head of the Skin & Vein Center and has practiced dermatology for over 12 years. The Skin & Vein Center in Kansas City is attached to Liberty Hospital, and performs a broad range of treatments for skin and vein conditions.