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    Lili Reinhart Got Refreshingly Real About Her Cystic Acne And It's So Inspirational

    "I'm hoping someday I can feel beautiful even if I'm having a breakout..."

    You might think Riverdale star Lili Reinhart's glam life filled with red carpet events and photoshoots is always fabulous...

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    ...but in an emotional Instagram story, Lili opened up about the not-so-glam — but incredibly relatable — struggle she deals with on a daily basis: her cystic acne.

    Lili Reinhart

    Just last month, Lili poked fun at herself with the Insta story above.

    While Lili has spoken out about it in the past, this time she documented exactly what was going through her mind when she had to deal with a breakout on a big day:

    Instagram / Lili Reinhart
    Instagram / Lili Reinhart
    Instagram / Lili Reinhart
    Instagram / Lili Reinhart

    Lili continued by explaining what she does whenever she starts feeling down on herself:

    Instagram / Lili Reinhart
    Instagram / Lili Reinhart
    Instagram / Lili Reinhart

    She also explained why she felt it was important to share what she was going through with her followers:

    Instagram / Lili Reinhart
    Instagram / Lili Reinhart
    Instagram / Lili Reinhart
    Instagram / Lili Reinhart

    Here's the full text of Lili's post:

    I have a cystic breakout on my forehead currently. And I had to do a photoshoot all day long. I've had cystic acne since I was 12. And it has caused major self esteem issues ever since. I had to put my biggest insecurity on display. There was nowhere to hide. 20+ people were studying my face on the camera monitor at any given time during the 11 hour shoot. And all I could think about when I was in front of the camera were the pimples on my forehead. I always text my mom when I have a bad breakout to tell her how ugly I feel, and these breakouts shatter my confidence every time they appear. I'm not sure if or when I'll ever be able to accept my skin as it is. It's problematic. It scars easily. It's painful. But I'm hoping that someday I can feel beautiful even if I'm having a breakout. And that I won't feel obsessive or paranoid. I feel the need to talk about my struggle with acne. Because maybe if I normalize my skin, more people... including myself... will be able to feel okay about their skin. My breakouts don't define me. To anyone out there who feels embarrassed or ashamed by breakouts... I feel you. We have each other so let's get through this acne experience together.

    Lili ended her beautiful story with an equally beautiful selfie:

    Instagram / Lili Reinhart

    Immediately, fans shared an outpouring of love, support, and appreciation toward Lili for sharing her story:

    to be photographed, analyzed, and criticized by so many so often would be a major test of self-esteem/confidence. not to mention, doing all of that while going thru a cystic acne breakout. 😳 I applaud you, @lilireinhart for being so real and for being my #breakoutbuddy

    @lilireinhart you are more than your cystic acne! I suffered from it as a real young teen, and still get it on my chin. Thank you so much for being real girl 💜

    I may have just cried a little going through @lilireinhart instastory. As someone who struggles with cystic acne it feels good to have someone trying to normalize it #breakoutbuddy

    Thank you, Queen Lili!!!!!

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