Keke Palmer is a multi-hyphenated Hollywood heavyweight. The singer, actress, and daytime talk show host has seen her star continue to rise over the last decade. People love her girl next door demeanor and ability to keep it real with fans. Palmer has been taking advantage of her growing platform and bringing awareness and visibility to issues she has been struggling with in hopes of inspiring and encouraging other women. During a recent stop at The Tamron Hall Show, Palmer discussed problems with acne that have been affecting her and how she chose to make a difference for herself and others.
In an Instagram post from April 23rd, 2021, Keke Palmer appeared fresh-faced with no make-up showing off her natural skin. Palmer’s face was full of acne scars. In the lengthy post, a brave Palmer opens up about her skin journey and how it has affected her throughout her career and life. The post mainly focused on her desire to figure out what works best for her and motivating others to figure this out as well.
So what exactly is wrong with Palmer’s skin? Well, during his talk with Tamron, Palmer opens up about her condition, officially known as Polycystic ovary syndrome. PCOS for short, Polycystic ovary syndrome is defined as “a condition in which the ovaries produce an abnormal amount of androgens, male sex hormones that are usually present in women in small amounts. The name polycystic ovary syndrome describes the numerous small cysts (fluid-filled sacs) that form in the ovaries.”
PCOS can result in infertility, obesity, acne, and facial hair. According to Palmer, this affects 1 in 4 women. She said she started to zero on what was going on because she was concerned about how bad her acne was so long after puberty. While Palmer understands the impact her post and confession had on others, she admits that she really did it for herself. “It was to empower myself. Give myself an opportunity to say, ‘just own who you are. Love yourself.'”
Tamron describes it as taking off a “layer” or “mask” and exposing yourself. Keke agrees saying that sometimes those layers are a way to “not give your power away.” Keke has learned that the opposite is actually true. By being transparent, she feels more empowered and more free.
In a separate post from October of 2021, Keke shared a clip from her Youtube channel where she discusses a skincare routine she put together after years of trial and error. Again Palmer stresses that she had been focusing on her individual skincare journey and sorting through options for herself. In the comments section, tons of fans showed their support and shared their own stories.
“I love you, girl,” confessed one follower. “true definition that Beauty is truly within. ❤️ You don’t have to be so transparent with us, but you are. So humble🙌” Another chimed in, saying, “Well done on your skin wellness journey. As a professional, your transparency and acceptance of your perfect imprecations s infectious. 🤎💐”