If you’ve had even one angry, uncover-up-able pimple, you might know what it’s like to be a slave to a “bad” skin day: For me, it looks something like hiding under the covers and avoiding all contact with humans (or mirrors) for 48 hours, minimum.
On the first episode of Glamour’s What I Wore When podcast, Zoey Deutch talked about her almost-decade-long battle with acne, and how she eventually decided to stop hiding. The Politician actor isn’t just struggling with an occasional, pre-period zit; she has chronic hormonal acne that she’s been trying to tackle for eight years.
“There’s not one thing that fixes it all,” she said. “You have to come at it from every angle. And I’ve seen every fancy dermatologist and every person that claims to know, and I’ve tried every product and tried every antibiotic and done everything, and I can’t fix it.”
She’s currently taking a “less is more” approach to skin-care, but there’s one thing she swears by: “The one product that I cannot travel without it because I do think my skin goes completely bonkers without is, iS Clinical Active Serum,” she says. “It’s very drying and it’s very intense and stingy, but I think it’s the best product.”
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But while she is trying to get rid of her pimples, she also said she’s no longer letting acne dictate when she leaves the house. In fact, she’s come to a place in her life where she’s grateful for it. “I have a thyroid problem,” she said. “I keep trying to fix [my acne] from the outside in, but it’s inside out, which is mostly what it is with hormonal acne. And I have had a ‘come to Jesus’ moment with it, which is actually have gratitude for it because if that’s like, I don’t know. It’s not that bad. And also who cares? I’ve made it such a big thing. You hear about it but it’s like I won’t go out or I won’t do certain things [but now I just need to be, like], who cares?”
For more from Zoey, listen to the first episode of What I Wore When.