I did a post a while back talking about the actress, Sasha Pieterse (Pretty Little Liars) who has PCOS. Yesterday I ended up coming across an article that profiled another actress named, Keke Palmer and the effects of her PCOS diagnosis on her skin.
I was excited to showcase the article and discuss it in a post for you all!
Who is Keke Palmer
Keke is a 27 year old actress and singer from Illinois. She is best known for her roles in Akeelah and the Bee (a movie), Barbarshop 2: Back in Business (a movie), True Jackson,VP (a sitcom) and Madea’s Family Reunion (a movie).
Her music career includes one studio album, a stint on a Broadway musical and a couple of concert tours.
Keke’s People Magazine article
This article focuses on Keke’s struggles with acne and how it eventually led to her PCOS diagnosis. She also talks a little about how Tyler Perry (creator of the Madea character) helped pay for dermatologist treatments when she was a teenager.
Keke makes sure to mention how lucky she is to have access to treatments and that she knows many other women are not able to afford them.
There are pictures of her acne and hyperpigmentation in the article as well so that people know what she has been dealing with. She mentions her makeup routine for covering the marks and that it can be found on her Instagram in order to help other women with the same issues.
My thoughts on the article
All of my thoughts on Keke’s article are positive. Here they are:
- I thought it was wonderful that an actress came forward to talk about having PCOS. The diagnosis is becoming increasingly common among women so there is bound to be several famous women with it. This humanizes them a little more.
- The fact that she is black and showcasing PCOS really makes me happy. The article may help other black women who are dealing with hormonal issues realize they are not alone and seek treatment.
- I loved that she showed the severity of her skin problems. My hyperpigmentation is really bad as well and sometimes I feel like no one else has it as bad as I do. This article jolted me back to the reality of the fact that I am not alone in my struggles.
- I love that she mentioned how annoying it is when people say that those of us with skin issues need to eat better or drink more water. This annoys me too because those two things do not always make much of a difference. Some of us need heavy-duty treatments that go along with them.
I really enjoyed seeing this article on a personal level. It is also great on a larger level in that it gets PCOS out there. Many women are suffering and do not know that there is a name for what is happening to them.
You can find the People article here: https://people.com/style/keke-palmer-says-tyler-perry-offered-to-pay-to-send-her-to-the-best-dermatologist-when-she-was-14/
Thanks for reading!
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