Health & Fitness Lena Dunham reveals a sudden struggle with rosacea has "ruined" her skin

12:27  24 august  2017
12:27  24 august  2017 Source:   Harper's Bazaar (UK)

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Lena Dunham reveals a sudden struggle with rosacea has " ruined " her skin . The actress says she 's lost her greatest vanity. Most Popular. Getty Images. By Bridget March. 23 August 2017. 'My Perfect Fucking Skin ', Lena Dunham 's latest 'Lenny Letter' on her website

Lena Dunham is known for being refreshingly open about everything from her political opinions and feminist philosophy to the chronic endometriosis she 's struggled with for years. And in this week's issue of her newsletter, Lenny Letter, the Girls creator reveals the latest health issue that has not

Lena Dunham reveals a sudden struggle with rosacea has © Getty Images Lena Dunham reveals a sudden struggle with rosacea has "ruined" her skin 'My Perfect Fu**ing Skin', Lena Dunham's latest 'Lenny Letter' on her website, beautifully captures the emotional impact of battling a skin condition.

The famously outspoken actress and activist reveals that a course of steroids to treat her chronic autoimmune disease resulted in an overnight appearance of rosacea, a common skin condition that causes redness, pimples and dilated blood vessels on the face.

Dunham says it knocked her confidence for six because she celebrated her complexion for its conventional beauty – in a time when the rest of her physical attributes are constantly critiqued.

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This probably goes without saying, but Lena Dunham has made a welcome habit of getting real. But when she recently contracted rosacea , that last vestige of confidence went out the window and caused her to reconsider the worth she 'd placed in her skin .

"I had finally found my vanity", she explains. "Seven years of being treated in the public eye like a punch line about female imperfection may not have felt like it was wearing me down, but it had actually forced me to rely emotionally on my one area of fully conventional beauty: my perfect fu**ing skin."

I wrote about the surprising sting of developing acne & rosacea in my 30s, and what the internet is doing to our self esteem, for this week's @lennyletter. Illo by Danie Drankwalter. Pimples by me. Link in bio!

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The famous face says her experience of rosacea went from "two perfect pink circles" on her cheeks to "hundreds of tiny pimple-blisters that covered me from forehead to neck".

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She admits it's her pride that burned more than her face, but as a female celebrity "with access to skin witches" and resources to deal with it, she's still the lucky one.

"I'm starting to believe that speaking this pain aloud isn't just good for my own healing: it allows any young woman who might be watching to understand that nobody is immune from feeling bad about hateful attention." We applaud Dunham for addressing not only the physical but emotional impact that a skin disease like rosacea, acne or eczema can have. It's about so much more than vanity.

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