Keke Palmer said sharing her diagnosis of polycystic ovarian syndrome helped her “empower” her.
The scream queen alum appeared on The Tamron Hall Show on Tuesday to talk about her experience with the hormone disorder, which affects more than 5 million women in the United States each year.
“It answered a lot of questions, not only why I had acne, but also why I got hair on my face or under my chin. I had this kind of beard that I had to shave every few days,” she explained. focusing on the fact that there had to be something deeper going on to tackle post-puberty acne like I did. Then I came across PCOS, and also things I had to change about my diet.”
When asked how Palmer felt about being a role model to others, Hall said that sharing her diagnosis — which she first posted to Instagram in December 2020 — was more about showing love.
“It’s a responsibility, and sometimes it can be busy, and other times it can happen naturally. I try to be deliberate about my platform,” she said. “I’ll be honest, though, when it came to PCOS and my acne breakouts. struggle, it was to make myself stronger. It was to give myself a chance to say, ‘You know, just own who you are. Love yourself.'”
Palmer’s lengthy Instagram post about her condition showed the… Hustlers actress — who will next appear in Jordan Peele’s upcoming movie new – struggling with an attack of acne.
“Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome has attacked me from within my entire life and I had no idea,” she wrote at the time. “My acne was so bad that people in my field offered to pay for me to have it fixed. I’ve tried EVERYTHING. I’ve done Accutane TWICE. People say drink water, eat better, but I did all that “I ate all the ‘right’ things, my blood work was fine. But I had to personally look at my family with a history of diabetes and obesity to understand what was REALLY going on with me.”
She added that the “least harmful thing that can cause PCOS is acne.”
To all the people struggling with this, please know that you are not alone and that you are still so good,” she continued. “MY ACNE NEVER STOPPED ME. But we don’t have to accept this. Now I can really help KEKE! And I love her, so it’s ON.”
After her post, she also helped others hide acne they wanted to hide with an instructional video she shared on Instagram.
“We’re not perfect, but we can be if we want to,” Palmer joked as she put on her makeup. “Honestly, who wants to be perfect all the time?”