Kendall Jenner's dermatologist speaks out about the cleansing mistakes we're all guilty of
While Kylie Jenner has been getting all the attention of late - what with Stormi Webster's recent arrival, and her ever-growing beauty empire - her sister Kendall has been taking the modelling world by storm. Back in 2017, the 22-year-old was named the World's Highest-Paid Model on Forbes' top-earning models list after fronting campaigns for the likes of La Perla and Estee Lauder, and donning the highly-coveted Victoria's Secret angel wings.
But although she's on billboards around the globe, and has graced the covers of many a glossy mag, the 22-year-old has been refreshingly honest about how much work it takes to look that good. Certainly, it may be hard to believe, but the supermodel has struggled with acne for years, and has previously asserted that the skin condition left her feeling like "an outcast" - well, until she met dermatologist to the stars, Dr. Kidd - that is.
While the majority of us don't have the funds to solicit Kendall Jenner's private dermatologist, the model has taken to her blog to share some top tips that we can all benefit from.
Kendall's skin has undergone a transformation in recent years thanks to three years of laser therapy and an intensive skin care regimen, but as she stresses in her post, having a clear complexion has much to do with what you don't do, as opposed to what you do.
"I never want you washing your face with anything abrasive," Dr. Kidd says in the video posted to Kendall's website. "Not a scrub, not a rotating brush, not a washcloth. You want to treat it very delicately and just wash really well with your hands."
So yes, while we all try to treat our breakouts with harsh chemicals and drying agents, this can actually make matters worse. "Simple is best," the dermatologist continued. "I often find patients have bought and are using far too many products which makes their skin worse."
This means avoiding sonic brush cleansers as well as physical exfoliants because, as Dr. Kidd says, "using anything abrasive on acne can increase inflammation of the zit, actually making it worse." Washcloths, it should be noted, can also be too intense and potentially aid the spread of bacteria.
So, what have we learnt today, folks? Well, for starters we should throw out our more abrasive cleansing tools, and focus on treating our skin very gently - this means using oil based cleansers and chemical exfoliants as well as non-comedogenic moisturisers.
Back in January, Kendall walked the red carpet at the golden globes with an acne flareup on full display. Naturally, the internet was all for it.
"Ok but @KendallJenner showing up and strutting her acne while looking like a gorgeous star is what every girl needs to understand," one Twitter user wrote, and Kendall responded by saying "never let that sh*t stop you!", encouraging young women everywhere to not let their insecurities get the better of them.
So yes, here's hoping that Kim Kardashian will take a leaf out of her little sister's book and refrain from encouraging her audience to chow down on the likes of "appetite suppressing" lollipops...