Keke Palmer posts inspiring PCOS makeup-free acne photo: 'I know this is not me’

‘I’m not afraid to show myself to the world and you shouldn’t be either’
Keke Palmer
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By , Audacy

Keke Palmer is baring her acne and speaking out in the hopes of helping others who are also struggling with their skin. The 27-year-old multi-hyphenate took to social media on Tuesday, December 1, with a candid and uplifting message to her fans, paired with a series of unfiltered selfies.

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"Hey you guys, for some of you this may be TMI, but for me my platform has always been used for things much greater than me," she wrote in the caption. "Poly Cystic Ovarian syndrome has been attacking me from the inside out my entire life and I had no idea. My acne has been so bad that people in my field offered to pay for me to get it fixed.”

Keke went on to admit that despite trying “EVERYTHING,” including Accutane (twice), changing her diet and drinking water, nothing seemed to work, she even noted, “my blood tests were fine.” Unable to find relief Keke took a different route to try and get some answers. "It took ME taking a personal look into my family that has a history of diabetes and obesity, to understand what was ACTUALLY happening with me," she wrote. "And unfortunately doctors are people and if you don't 'look the part' they may not think that's your problem. They may not even suggest it if you 'look healthy' whatever that means! I came to a doctor in tears once and all they offered was a measles vaccine... Exactly."

While Keke’s journey to address her acne is her own, she encouraged anyone reading going through similar struggles to seek answers to any uncertainties and to be their own advocate. "I'm posting this to say that it's okay and we can help ourselves. My skin has made me sad many nights but I do not give up on myself," she told fans. "I know this is not me and my body has been looking for help. I do not have a medical degree but I did the research and took what I learned to a doctor and that led them to a proper diagnosis. I'm not saying trust web md for everything haha but what I am saying is no one can help us like we can help ourselves.”

While Palmer did outrightly admit to getting upset with her skin struggles, she is in the process of getting answers and making sure to preach self-love through it all. "The least harmful thing PCOS can bring is acne. To all the people struggling with this please know you're not alone and that you are still so f***ing fine!" she encouraged. "MY ACNE AINT NEVER STOPPED ME. But we don't have accept this. Now I can really help KEKE! And I love her so it's ON.”

Keke closed out her message asking her followers for spiritual support and left readers with one last bit of inspiration. "Pray for me on this journey and I will pray for you too," she finished. "I'm not afraid to show myself to the world and you shouldn't be either.” That’s truly beautiful Keke, and so are you, inside and out.

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