Julianne Hough: Battling Acne Was 'Horrible'

10/19/2011 at 10:30 AM ET

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She’s the fresh-faced beauty of Footloose and Dancing with the Stars, but Julianne Hough wasn’t always so comfortable in her own skin. The Proactiv spokeswoman tells the Beauty Bean that dealing with acne while rising to fame was “horrible.”

“You try to tell yourself that you’re fine and it’s all good — and you really should be fine — but it definitely affects you,” she shares. “You want to do what you can to make you feel good.”

Now pimple-free, the dancer-singer-actress says she feels most beautiful when she’s around her family and friends. “There’s just a certain glow you have when you’re with your loved ones,” she explains. Though getting prettified can be fun, too. “I love to get glammed up and feel that my hair looks great, and my skin looks good and when my legs are shaved and I’m wearing high heels,” she admits.

A seasoned pro at hair and makeup, the starlet says she’d tell her younger self to cut back on the eye shadows and lipsticks. “Less is always more,” she proclaims. “Don’t try to be too matchy-matchy — I was always matchy-matchy.”

So these days, Hough says she turns to “women who are so comfortable in their skin” and don’t wear a lot of makeup — like Julia Roberts — for beauty inspiration. “You can just see how happy and fresh and beautiful they are from within,” she explains.

And she finds that feeling gorgeous is internal for her, as well. “I think that how you were raised, no matter what size, what color hair, anything — it comes from within and if you’re confident on the outside and have a great personality and really love who you are internally, then that’s what’s beautiful.”

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Tessa on

Julianne you are beautiful inside and out. Thank you for this message. My 3.5 year old daughter loves you! Keep being you! Your talent and kindness is very appreciated.

lucia on

who cares?

cannat on

So fitting that this headline “Julianne Hough: Battling Acne Was ‘Horrible'” is right above “Christina Applegate Offers Giuliana Rancic Support After Breast Cancer Diagnosis”. Ought to put things in perspective.

Wendy on

Lucia…why so mean ? You jerk !

meghan on

Do you know what’s horrible to battle? Cancer. Get some perspective, princess.

KatyKatz on

Unless you’ve had to deal with serious acne issues, and I am not talking about a pimple here and there, Im talking the kind where kids call you pizza face or crater face, its deeply emotional and very distressing. Good for her in that she was able to overcome the trama that severe acne can cause.

Cat on

I agree that acne isn’t in the same league as cancer or other major illnesses. However, having had cystic acne as a teen and adult and backne, which was really bad, it can be really difficult for a teenager. Teens can be so self-conscious anyway and acne doesn’t help. I am so glad they have more treatments today than they did when I was a teen. My prayers for anyone dealing with serious illnesses.

Dee on

Nice advert People. Must have been horrible cashing the check from Proactive too?

Ganan on

Who is this person??? I never heard of her.

brian on

lucia cares,,or she wouldnt be reading it

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