If you’ve ever struggled with your skin for an extended period of time, then you understand how much joy it brings when you finally clear it up. Keke Palmer is celebrating because she’s known what it’s like to have severe acne for years, and finally, her skin is glowing. She is so happy, the 27-year-old couldn’t keep it to herself.
She took to Twitter this week to share an au naturel photo of herself, hair in small puffs, glasses on. Her smile was big because her skin was clear, as the star shared that she’d figured out the best regimen to be done with her acne troubles.
“I know y’all about to die at this photo cause of these lashes and these Mickey ears. BUT ITS THE SKIN FOR ME, y’all know what I’ve endured!!” she wrote. “My skin used to have me curled up in the bed crying. Now I really truly understand it, I’m so thankful, no filta Poohs”
Palmer has been open in the past about her skin issues, citing the constant use of makeup in her line of work as an irritant. She revealed a few years ago that as a burgeoning young actress whose self-esteem was impacted by it, it was Tyler Perry who actually helped her begin the journey to clear skin.
“I’ve struggled with this for years and I still do and it’s acne. I’ve battled it and documented it on social media,” she said last year. “I remember it got so — whew chile! [laughs] I remember it got so bad when I was around 13 or 14, I was at the NAACP Awards and just a year before, I did Madea’s Family Reunion with Tyler Perry. We saw him at the awards and you could tell I was pretty insecure about it. It was obvious to see. He actually pulled my mom to the side and said, ‘I’m actually going to pay for you guys to take her to a dermatologist.’ It really made a difference in my life.”
She would try a variety of treatments, including pills, retinoid cream, tea tree oil and a dairy-free, added sugar-free diet. All that has helped her figure out her skin and better take care of it. The end result is the glowing face you see above.
It’s been a long time coming. Hit the flip to see Palmer’s skincare journey, from child star to adult actress and TV host.
ShoWest 2006 – Lionsgate Party
Keke Palmer (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)
After making her debut in Barbershop 2, a then 12-year-old Keke attended the Emmy Awards. She had a light breakout on her forehead.
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Kiki Palmer arrives at the 57th Annual Emmy Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on September 18, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Palmer was wearing more makeup and in front of a lot more bright, shining (aka, hot) lights in 2006, including at the premiere of Dreamgirls. Dodging pimples was nearly impossible.
Keke Palmer during “Dreamgirls” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals at Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
By 2009, Palmer had already started seeing a dermatologist to figure out the best treatments for her acne. As you can see at this Emmy Awards event, her skin was improving.
Keke Palmer attends “The 37th International Emmy Awards Gala Press Room” at the New York Hilton in New York City. (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)
As anyone who has had bouts with acne knows, flare-ups are common and annoying, and tend to happen in the same place. For Palmer, her forehead was a common spot for pimples and bumps to reappear.
ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 06: Actress KeKe Palmer attends “Brotherly Love” Atlanta College Screening at AMC Phipps Plaza on April 6, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
By 2015, Palmer was occasionally getting a few more pimples and bumps around her cheeks, as was the case at this event in Atlanta.
ATLANTA, GA – MAY 30: KeKe Palmer, jewelry detail, attends Pretty Girls Problems presents The Girl’s Guide To Finding Solutions at Mansour Center on May 30, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
Palmer had a few pesky pimples around her brow, but that didn’t stop her from serving face at the Fox Summer TCA Press Tour in 2016.
LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 08: Actress Keke Palmer attends the FOX Summer TCA Press Tour on August 8, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Palmer would soon see that aside from a few bumps here and there, her skin was become more agreeable on red carpets.
Actress Keke Palmer attends the The 33rd annual PaleyFest Los Angeles hosted by The Paley Center for Media, celebrating “Scream Queens”, in Hollywood, California, on March 12, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
Smize! The star had a few bumps to contend with at this event in 2017, but overall, her skin was beginning to glow – with or without makeup.
LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 08: Actress Keke Palmer is seen in Beverly Hills on January 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/GC Images)
At the Governors Awards last fall, the beauty showcased smoother skin, and a lot of confidence.
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 27: Keke Palmer arrives at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences’ 11th Annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on October 27, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)