Keke Palmer said sharing her diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome has “empowered” her.
The Scream queens alum appeared on The Tamron Hall show Tuesday to talk about her experience with the hormonal condition, which affects more than 5 million women in the United States per year.
“It answered a lot of questions, not only about why I had acne, but also why I had hair on my face or under my chin. beard that I had to shave every other day, ”she explained.“ I started to focus on the fact that in order to deal with acne after puberty like I did, it had to to be something deeper. That’s when I discovered PCOS, and also things that I had to change in terms of eating.
When Hall asked what Palmer thought of being a role model for others, she said sharing her diagnosis – which she first posted on Instagram in December 2020 – was more about showing love to herself.
“It’s a responsibility, and sometimes it can be stressful, and other times it can happen naturally. I’m trying to think about my platform, ”she said. “I’m going to be honest, though, when it comes to PCOS and my acne struggles, it was to empower me. It was to give me the opportunity to say, ‘You know, recognize who you are. Love yourself. ‘”
Palmer’s lengthy Instagram post about his condition showed the scammers actress – who will next appear in Jordan Peele’s next film Nope – fight against an acne attack.
“Polycystic ovary syndrome has attacked me from the inside out my whole life and I had no idea,” she wrote at the time. “My acne was so bad that people in my field offered to pay to have it fixed. I have tried everything. I have done Accutane TWICE. People say drink water, eat better, but I did it all, I ate all the “good” things, my blood tests were good. But it took a personal 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 PCOS can do is acne.”
To all those who struggle with this, know that you are not alone and that you are still just as well, ”she continued. “MY ACNE NEVER STOPPED ME. But we don’t have to accept that. Now I can really help KEKE! And I like it so it’s ON.
Following her post, she also helped other people cover up the acne they wanted to hide with a video tutorial she shared on Instagram.
“We’re not perfect, but we can be if we want to,” Palmer joked while putting on makeup. “Honestly, who wants to be perfect all the time?