Bella Thorne has never been afraid to be unapologetically herself. The 21-year-old, who isn't shy about experimenting with her make-up and wardrobe, is often seen out and about bare faced - so it may surprise you, that she has always struggled with her skin.
In a video with Vogue, titled 'Bella Thorne’s Guide to Acne-Prone Skin Care and Glitter Eyes,' the star shared the details of her skincare routine, before showing us how she does her make-up.
First thing's first, Bella's skin is completely clear - so, whatever she's doing is working. But, she insists that it wasn't always that way. "My skin has been a long time in the works," she says. "I don’t even know how many years I’ve had cystic acne, but it started off as dermatitis, and then I tried everything you can think of: tearing off parts of your face, like burning it off, the vampire facials, the microneedling, the lasers — every laser you can name, I've done it. And literally nothing worked — not one thing."
So, how did Bella put an end to her breakouts?
"I know it sounds ridiculous, but this is my first pimple in a minute, guys," she exclaims to the camera. "I'm not going to wash my face, I don't wash my face in the morning, because there’s something called over-washing your face, and when I had really bad acne, that was one of the things I stopped, and it actually helped my skin," she explained.
"Not that I’m saying, ‘You don’t have to wash your face in the morning,’ it’s just something that works for me." Who knew!?
Celebs have access to the latest and greatest skincare treatments, so knowing that something so simple made such a massive difference is really promising. We reached out to Dermatologist Kate Kerr, to pick her brains on the topic, and she's all for reducing your wash time.
"Over-washing and cleansing can strip the skin’s barrier and upset the water lipid protein balance - when that happens, bacteria can easily get into the skin," explains Kate. "Acne bacteria can flourish in this environment, so the skin ends up being on high alert, becomes irritated and is easily inflamed."
She went on to explain how washing your face too much also dries out your skin, which causes it to overcompensate and produce excess sebum. "It creates a state of enhanced transepidermal water loss (more moisture evaporation), because there’s no barrier holding it in. Your skin then becomes dehydrated, which exacerbates oil production and inflammation, so you’ve got excess oil plus a barrier where bacteria is thriving, which is the perfect recipe for acne and breakouts."
Clear skin AND an extra 10 minutes in the morning - yep, we'll take that, thanks.