Keke opens up about her acne struggles

Dermatologist and acne specialist Dr. Dendy Engelman spoke about whether common acne fixes actually work.
6:25 | 06/19/19

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Transcript for Keke opens up about her acne struggles
being on this show is it gives me a way to open up and share things with all of you. If we come out and I say what's going on, it opens up the doors to talk about it and get through it together. Years, and I still do. It's acne. I battled it and documented it on social media and I remember it got -- I remember it got so bad when I was around 13 or 14, I was at the naacp awards, and did Madea family reunion with Tyler Perry. I was pretty insecure about it. It was obvious to see. He actually pulled my mom to the side and said, I'm actually going to pay for you guys to take her to a dermatologist. Throughout the years, from that point on, I tried everything. I tried pills, creams, you name it, and I found a system that ultimately worked for me. Because everyone's skin is different. But today, we have Dr. Dendy Engelman here and we're going to talk about it and learn more. You're a doctor to the stars. Yes. Why do you think that acne is such an emotional issue for people? I think it's emotional, because we can see it. If you have a high blood pressure that doesn't show on your face. The reality is, we have to walk around and show the skin that we're in. In extreme cases it can lead to severe depression. That's why I'm here to talk with you and share these options. We're not alone, we're sharing this with one another. I remember my Instagram, she reached out after I posted a bunch of videos and photos of mine dealing with it. She's here with us today. Can you tell us about your journey? So, thank you so much for sharing and being a voice for people who have acne. I've been dealing with acne for over 20 years since I was a teen to present. There have been many highs and lows to the point where I don't want to go to work and do presentations or just go out and have a great time with friends. Because I feel like people are always staring at my face. It's been a challenge with many ups and lows. I definitely understand. That's why we have Dr. Dendy here with us. We're going to talk about it and understand it. We're going to have a little bit of fun with it. Follow me over here. We're going to play a game. So, the game is, we're going through some of the acne dos and don'ts. What's true and what's not true. When I mention something like what we have right here, if you guys feel like it's good and it's helpful, I want you to say, hell yeah. If you don't think it's healthy, don't think it's good for acne, hell no. Toothpaste. You have heard that before. If you have acne, you put tooth paste on your skin? Do you think it helps? Hell no. Racine, do you think it works? Hell yeah. I can tell you the truth. Racine, soim sorry, honey, you're wrong. Toothpaste has a lot of bad ingredients for you. The rule of thumb is, if it's not made to go on your skin, don't put it on your skin. It has ingredients that can dry out and irritate our skin. But the good news is, we have retinoids that are now readily available over the counter. You can buy them online. They don't break the bank. They're only $25. So, now, we've got -- your parents tell you, pop your pimple, put alcohol on it and clean it out. Do you believe it helps acne? You said hell no. What do you think, Racine? Hellyeah. Okay, all right. Well, the audience is right. Racine is a little bit misinformed. So, I mean, it's so hard, everyone wants to pop their pimples. Always say, don't do it. If you are going to do it, use a warm compress, bring everything to the surface. Something gentle. Because if we're using our fingers we can push the bacteria deeper into the skin, cause dark spots, potential for further infection. Also reach for instead of alcohol, which can dry and irritate the skin, reach for tea tree oil. It can help for spot treatment. Yes. So, now, we have this last one which I really love which is diet. We're often told as kids, drink a glass of milk, get strong bones. I'm still going to ask you guys, do you think these things contribute to bad skin? Hell yeah. What do you think, Racine? Hell no. I changed my diet. Even though I love ice cream, I have had to change it. Because I have had more outbreaks with dairy. Keke, she's right. Dairy is one of the big culprits that we don't think about. We think dairy is good. It's good for strong bones and teeth . But for skin it can actually increase your risk of breakouts by at least 25%. Let's reach for fruits high in vitamin a. And chocolate. 75% dark chocolate or higher is good for your skin. Racine -- first of all, thank you audience for participating and thank you, Racine. I hope you were able to learn things. However, I want you to come over here and open up this mystery box and see what it is you're going to be receiving today. Go ahead. This is so cool. Acne treatments. We're giving you six months of acne treatments. Thank you so much. We're going to check up with you and see how you're doing. The reality of the situation is, no matter what your skin looks like it's about what's going on in here. You're beautiful no matter what. All right, you guys, we'll be right back.

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