Keke Palmer is opening up about her experience with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and acne in hopes that it will make others feel less alone.
Keke posted a lengthy note on Instagram about her diagnosis, which affects 1 in 10 women, and subsequent acne that doctors missed for years, to let people know that they “don’t have accept this” and shouldn’t be “afraid to show [themselves] to the world.”
“Hey you guys, for some of you this may be TMI, but for me my platform has always been used for things much greater than me,” Keke wrote. “Poly Cystic Ovarian syndrome has been attacking me from the inside out my entire life and I had no idea.”
“My acne has been so bad that people in my field offered to pay for me to get it fixed. I tried EVERYTHING. I did Accutane TWICE. People say drink water, have a better diet, but I did all that, I ate all the ‘right’ things, my blood tests were fine.”
“It took ME taking a personal look into my family that has a history of diabetes and obesity, to understand what was ACTUALLY happening with me.”
Keke had to figure out her diagnosis herself because doctors weren’t helping her reach it. “Unfortunately doctors are people and if you don’t ‘look the part’ they may not think that’s your problem,” she explained. “They may not even suggest it if you ‘look healthy’ whatever that means! I came to a doctor in tears once and all they offered was a measles vaccine… Exactly.”
“I’m posting this to say that it’s okay and we can help ourselves. My skin has made me sad many nights but I do not give up on myself. I know this is not me and my body has been looking for help.”
“I do not have a medical degree but I did the research and took what I learned to a doctor and that led them to a proper diagnosis. I’m not saying trust WebMD for everything haha but what I am saying is no one can help us like we can help ourselves.”
“This especially makes me sad because my family struggled for years and no doctor could help them, they actually mislead them and just took their money.”
“It’s only because of what my family sacrificed that allows me to even have the resources to share the information I’m sharing with you! Their fight out of poverty gave me a better life and I just want to share what I learn.”
Keke finished her note by sending encouragement to everyone else dealing with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. “The least harmful thing PCOS can bring is acne,” she wrote. “To all the people struggling with this please know you’re not alone and that you are still so fucking fine! MY ACNE AIN’T NEVER STOPPED ME.”
“But we don’t have accept this… Pray for me on this journey and I will pray for you too. I’m not afraid to show myself to the world and you shouldn’t be either ❤️”
You can learn more about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome here, find resources here, and learn about ways to help here.