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Keke Palmer at FASHION x MMVAs Portrait Studio in 2017.

Watch Keke Palmer’s “Extreme Acne” Coverage Makeup Tutorial

Palmer opens up about living with acne in this must-watch tutorial.

In a refreshingly honest series of social media posts from a celebrity, Hustlers actress Keke Palmer opened up about her struggle with acne and Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Last week, Palmer shared detailed information about her acne journey, which included two rounds of Accutane and various changes to her diet. (Palmer has recently started on the Alkaline Diet, which focuses on eating vegetables and fruits, while cutting back on sugar, alcohol, meat and processed foods.)

Now, Palmer has posted what she calls an “extreme acne coverage” makeup tutorial on IGTV. “To all my people suffering with conditions and acne, ignore the misguided comments suggesting things for you,” wrote Palmer. “There are a lot of people trying to sell products, I tried to delete them all! If you want help seek it out through extensive research, don’t let people take advantage of your condition on Instagram. — y’all should be ashamed.”

Keke Palmer’s Acne Coverage Makeup Routine:

Palmer’s acne coverage routine starts with a layer of Aquaphor on her eyelids and face (to counteract dryness, she says) and a spritz of Caudalie Beauty Elixir. Next up, colour correcting: Palmer applies an orange colour corrector from the M.A.C Studio Fix Correction Palette in medium dark walnut to cancel out her acne scars. She then applies NARS Concealer in Medium 2 Ginger and M.A.C Pro Long Wear Foundation in NC 50. After that, she applies a lighter NARS concealer in the centre of her face (almost where you would place highlighter). She blends each step out with a beauty sponge.


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Palmer finishes with powder formulas. “If you’re having texture problems like I do, you want to keep your skin matte,” she says. She uses M.A.C Dark Mineralizing Skin Finish Studio Fix Foundation in NW 58, Lancôme Absolute Powder in Absolute Almonds and Ben Nye Powder in 6B01.

“People have to really stop blaming acne on makeup,” she tweeted. “People actually have conditions! Lol. It’s so trivial how anyone could assume bad skin is a product of one not taking care of themselves. Esp when I’ve seen people treat their skin horribly and yet it’s completely clear lol.”

Hear, hear!

Palmer’s Acne Story:

Read Palmer’s full Instagram post about her acne history below.

“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. 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. I tried EVERYTHING. I did Accutane TWICE. People say drink water, have a better diet, but I did all that, I ate all the “right” things, my blood tests were fine. But 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. 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.”

“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. 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.”


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“This especially makes me sad because my family struggled for years and no doctor could help them, they actually mislead them and just took their money. It’s only because of what my family sacrificed that allows me to even have the resources to share the information I’m sharing with you! Their fight out of poverty gave me a better life and I just want to share what I learn ??”

“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 fucking fine! 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.”

“Pray for me on this journey and I will pray for you too. I’m not afraid to show myself to the world and you shouldn’t be either ❤️.”

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