Lili Reinhart shot to fame playing Betty Cooper on the hit show Riverdale, but that doesn’t mean all her skin issues got tossed out with her old headshots. The 21-year-old sat down with Refinery29 to share her struggle with acne, how it impacts her mental health, and the one change that actually brought her clarity. The following was told to Lexy Lebsack and has been edited for length and clarity.
Nothing is worse than when I have a breakout and I have to be in front of a camera; it makes my anxiety a 10 out of 10. I had a bad breakout on my forehead two weeks ago while filming and I woke up that morning knowing it was going to be a hard day, which is really sad because I’m letting a breakout control my mood.
I do my own makeup for the show this season. We have a head of makeup and she’s great, but I know my skin better than anyone else and I know what works. Riverdale is such a perfect world that my skin has to look perfect, so I cover my breakouts; it’s just the aesthetic of the show, which can be hard. A lot of the girls on the show have really beautiful, clear, smooth skin, so sometimes I feel like the odd one out.
As I got older, I started seeing facialists who were able to look at my skin and give me more information on how to care for my acne. Then I went on a little splurge where I was using every face mask under the sun, which was just making my skin worse. I started paying attention to ingredients and stopped using things that had added perfumes and alcohol.
You might think, ‘Just get over it!’ but people who have acne are very hyperaware of it. It’s a journey, but I’m getting more confident in knowing that my breakout doesn’t define me. I’m the person that cares the most about it — no one else is focused on it. It’s a matter of knowing that you’re worth so much more than the breakout on your face and it shouldn’t stop you from going about your day, even though it’s hard.