Since launching her modeling career in late 2013, Kendall Jenner has dominated the fashion world.
And while her endless legs seem to be a birthright, when I spent the day with the millennial Super Model I was surprised to discover that she’s had to work really hard for her model looks, especially her flawless skin.
“When I was growing up I had really bad acne. I wanted to be a model but my skin was really a problem”, Jenner shared over an intimate car ride we shared through New York City. “So the fact that I’m modeling and fulfilling this dream I’ve had since i was little is something I’m so proud of.”So what’s the secret to her now blemish-free complexion? In addition to a wonderful dermatologist Kendall relies on tea…. and plenty of it!”I usually start my day off with a cup of detox tea,” Jenner revealed. “I have like 12 cups a day.”The particular tea is a lemongrass-green tea blended Kusmi Detox Tea.

Her other favorite skin saving snacks? Apples.

“I try to have one most days as a snack.” She also maintains the energy levels necessary for long days on set and lots of international travel by eating as clean as she can,  “loads of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins.”

When it comes to working out, Jenner prefers a good cardio session to get a a good sweat and clear her pores. “I like running,” she shared. “I’ve been getting back into it.”

Despite her exercise and diet secrets, Kendall has one time-tested beauty secret that she swears makes all the difference. You guessed it…sleep!

“My beauty secret for fashion week is just getting a good amount of sleep,” Jenner said. “I feel like I at least need about seven hours, eight hours of sleep to function.”

While Jenner spends most of her time jetting around the world these days, she confided that she has a much more laid-back vision for her future.”My dream is to buy a really big piece of land and have a really big family and lots of cool toys and things to ride like what I had growing up with my Dad and just spend my time away from everything with my family having fun.”Having dealt with bouts of bad skin myself, I found Kendall’s honesty refreshing and encouraging. A face covered in blemishes can wreck havoc on anyone’s self esteem, especially a teenage girl who is already dealing with so many physical and emotional changes.
I remember when I was 18 and in the midst of a successful second year of modeling when seemingly out of nowhere my skin broke out. Bam!

I was so ashamed that I didn’t want to go into my modeling agency. I felt helpless because I was being scrutinized for something that was out of my control.

After months of suffering I was finally put on Roaccutane (also known as Accutane) a very strong medication that basically uses a potent form of vitamin A to inhibit oil production. It is a very serious drug and many people have had adverse reactions to it (see below).  For me, it was the only thing that worked to clear up my skin so it was well worth the dryness and the other potential side effects.

It’s been said before, but the emotional scars left by acne often last far longer than any physical ones. I always have a tremendous amount of empathy when I see someone suffering with acne because I know first hand what they’re going through.

 

Kendall Jenner may or may not be someone you look to for advice, but I think knowing that even the face of Estee Lauder has suffered with acne should be deeply affirming and a good reminder that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

If you find yourself wanting to hide away from life because of your skin, don’t suffer a day longer. Speak with a trusted dermatologist (it’s usually covered by insurance), look into making changes to your diet and lifestyle and above all else know that you are not alone…in fact you’re in very good company, supermodel company.

If you’ve tried everything and are still suffering, here are some facts about Accutane. It’s not for everyone (pregnant women can NOT be on it, for example) so speak with your demo to find the best treatment for you so you can stop hiding and start shining!

What does (Ro)accutane do?

  • Dramatically reduces the size of the oil glands (by around 35-58%)
  • Reduces the amount of oil produced by the gland itself (by around 80%)
  • Reduces skin cells clogging up the pores
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Indirectly reduces P.Acne bacteria that causes acne opportunistically.

Who is it best suited to?

Severe inflammatory acne that has not responded to traditional or alternative methods will fare best.

How long will I be on it? 

 A course of treatment is typically 3-5 months (one cycle) depending on the severity.

Research shows that Roaccutane can achieve partial or complete clearance of acne in about 95% of people who complete a cycle. The majority of people who take it see their acne effectively cured, experiencing long-term remission of acne symptoms.

Studies show an average relapse rate of around 33%, and in these cases sometimes a second course is given.

What are the pros of taking Roaccutane?

It reduces oil production on the face, dramatically improving acne and for some achieving flawless skin.

What are the cons?

Lots! As it’s a systemic medication (taken orally), it affects many systems of the body. Approximately 80% of people taking Roaccutane will experience one or more of the below side effects:

  • Dry mouth
  • Dry, cracked lips
  • Dry skin
  • Nose bleeds
  • Hair loss or baldness
  • Skin rash or worsening eczema
  • Hair overgrowth in women (rare)
  • Sensitive skin
  • Increased risk of sunburn
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Hearing impairment
  • Visual problems
  • Joint pain
  • Bowel inflammation
  • Birth defects
  • Muscle pain
  • Arthritis
  • Liver problems
  • Dry eyes

Unfortunately the list goes on…

How can you counteract any side effects?

It’s best to weigh up the pros and cons carefully before starting on it. Increase your supplement intake to reduce inflammation in your body, eat organic produce where possible, increase your antioxidant uptake and reduce any toxic chemical burden where you can to help to minimise the impact of side effects.

2 Comments

  1. Great interview Kathryn… liked the bit where you both had break outs lol
    Love the pic of both of you.
    Always looking fresh Kathryn.
    Well done.❤️

    • kathryn eisman Reply

      Thank you! I think it’s important to be honest. No one’s perfect, and maybe that’s the best part about us. 🙂

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