Cameron Diaz: “I had terrible, terrible, skin”


On how an unhealthy diet affected her looks:

“I mean, I had terrible, terrible, skin. It was embarrassing, and I did everything I could think of to make it go away. I tried to cover it with makeup. I tried to get rid of it with medication: oral, topical, even the harshest prescriptions. Nothing helped for very long. It was really challenging to cover them up for the cameras. It was awkward and embarrassing and frustrating, and I always felt really bad about myself.”

“(At that time) I was eating a cheeseburger with french fries every day. Once I started eating better, a funny thing happened … my skin began to clear up! My acne wasn’t totally gone, but it was significantly better.”

“Looking back, I realize that I hadn’t needed those prescription drugs, those vials of potions and creams. I hadn’t needed to be angry at my skin or feel bad about myself. I had just needed to LISTEN TO MY BODY. … acne was my body’s alarm system, it was mew ay of telling me [to stop eating fast food].”

… says Cameron.


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33 thoughts on “Cameron Diaz: “I had terrible, terrible, skin””

  1. She definitely has a point. I went through a period of bad skin and did a lot of research. Some people really do benefit from cutting things like dairy or flour from their diet, although not everyone does.

    Acne is seriously the worst. I’d rather be severely overweight than have that bad of skin again.

    • I get what you mean. I have really dry itchy skin… and it gets so bad and I scratch so much I have scars from years of it.. I use all kinds of lotion both over the counter and prescribed and it still acts up from time to time… Not as much as when I was younger… special soaps and everything do not always help. It does suck when you have skin issues because it really feels like you cannot do anything about it… unlike being over weight, usually you can fix that with just diet and exercise… skin problems can be forever… I do drink a lot of water and that helps, but not always. When my skin breaks out in hives and dry patches I feel so ugly.

      • Hi Liv, it sounds like you may be allergic to common detergent products. This is a more common condition than you might think. I would recommend switching to organic/natural body products (including body wash, hand soap, face cleanser) and cleaning products – most importantly, laundry detergent, since your skin touches it all day on your clothes and all night on your sheets. Dryer sheets are actually just detergent too, so try getting rid of those. Check ingredients on your products – sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate is the most common foaming surfactant, but others that sound similar will have the same effect if that’s what is irritating your skin. It’s worth experimenting with just to try! I know lots of people whose skin problems have disappeared by thoroughly switching out commercial products for natural/organic ones.

        • I use the organic detergent unscented, as well as unscented sensitive skin soap. I have eczema and psoriasis… it’s the worst… Thanks for the advice 🙂

          • Liv I had something similar and I clean my skin with extra virgin olive oil. It really helped me. Also I avoid junk food and over eating since it makes it worst.
            Of course I m not a doctor just saying my personal experience.

          • Oh those are the worst, I’m so sorry you have to deal with that… have you tried moisturizers like organic unrefined shea butter? also I don’t know what brand soap you use but handmade with olive oil is the best!!

          • Oh, I just read the psoriasis part. My ex has psoriasis as well and it’s a b*tch to find products. Luckily for him he was such a caveman “creams are for sissies” type that he couldn’t care less about beauty products 😀

          • Hi Liv! Sorry to bother you, but I was just wondering if you could answer some of my questions… How did your psoriasis start? How did the patches look like? Do they start in one place and stay there or do they start spreading? Is there a way to control it? I think I may have it, but I can’t just go to the dermatologist because it’s ridiculously expensive where I live. I googled it and it says it’s an auto-immune disease that can suddenly start in young adults (I’m 21)… I’m kinda freaked out. Thanks 😉

      • Liv, have you ever tried a skin care brand called Bruno Vassari? It’s an italian brand. It’s not very well known I think, and I don’t even know about availability in other countries, but their products have worked for me (my skin was so oily that I couldn’t find a daily cream that wouldn’t make it worse, even specific ones) and my best friend, who has dry sensitive skin and would always get a reaction and her skin would turn red and be all flaky after moisturizing. Different creams, of course but the same brand. Look it up, I don’t usually care enough about beauty products to really notice results or recommend them but since it finally did the trick with me, I became a fan. In fact, since it’s not a popular brand I’m kind of terrified it will be descontinued or something.

  2. I remember when she was in The Mask and Once Bitten… Even My Best Friend’s Wedding … so smoking hot. I was a little girl watching The Mask and I didn’t understand sexy but I knew I wanted to look like her when I grew up… I like her personality, but she looks really hard sometimes, at least lately… I think it started happening when she started working out a lot and dropped a lot of weight… Something About Mary, she was beautiful in and looked her age… now she always looks older than she is… to me at least… Still love her though

  3. I wish a healthy diet was the ultimate answer to curing acne. My beautiful sister has suffered from chronic acne for the last ten years. She eats no processed foods, limits both caffeine and sugar, consumes no alcohol, and drinks plenty of water; but still her skin does not clear up.

    • I’m the same. I did an elimination diet, and found out a bunch of healthy foods actually make my acne worse (many fruits, like strawberries, raspberries, kiwis, also fermented foods like yogurt and pickles, sauerkraut, etc). The fact is, there is more than one cause of acne. In some lucky ppl it’s just eating too many processed foods; some ppl actually get acne from milk (a ‘healthy’ food); and then there are the unlucky ppl like myself and your sister. In my case, the only thing that works is cranberries, which is reported to reduce H. pylori (you can pubmed the study). So I think some ppl actually have to go the antibiotic route. It could be SIBO as well. Gut infections can be asymptomatic except for skin issues.

  4. I thought it was common sense not to eat greasy fast food when you have skin problems? I’ve had issues with my skin – mostly weather and hormonal related but I mostly have it figured out now – at the age of 30!

  5. Cleanse, tone, exfoliate with aha and bha, chemical peels , retin a
    and acne will be gone. Doesn’t matter how healthy I eat, I’ll have acne without this routine.

    • agree. can’t believe a hollywood celebrity doesn’t know about chemical peels and that kinda stuff. i changed my diet because of my acne and i’d also still have a lot of spots if it wasn’t for all my mild cleansers and exfoliators

  6. Everbody is different. Definitely eating unprocessed foods will make you feel and look better, but I don’t know if it’s the sole solution to acne. Along with the right face wash and lotion it may make it less intense. But once you get rid of the acne, you have the awful purple scars. Now soon I’ll be fighting wrinkles, sigh, you can never win.

  7. My skin is probably a little like hers. I have taken medication to my acne when i was a teenager and i don’t think a diet would’ve done the trick then, but now that i still don’t have the clearest skin i see a definite correlation with my skin and diet. when i eat lots of sugar and fat and stuff my acne can be pretty bad, but when i don’t eat too much and try to get my veggies and water it can be pretty good. i don’t think Camerons skin looks spectacular even now so i don’t know if just changing her diet would’ve helped her either when she was younger though.

  8. yes i remember seeing pics of her without makeup and yes she used to have a kinda bad acne she looks better now but for some reason she doesn’t seem to be ageing well funny thing now that she eats better

  9. I don’t mean to be mean (ha!) but she doesn’t need to say it. Her bouts of acne have been very, very publicized. It’s not like no one noticed. I remember being around 16 and one of my friends having a major meltdown (she had really bad acne) and screaming “OH MY GOD it’s never going to go away! Look at Cameron DIaz!”. Lol silly. But Cameron has a point, our bodies tell us so much, some of us are just not paying attention. Personally, I’m not very good at interpreting the signs. If I get a stomach ache or something I never relate it to the food I ate or anything, I should really start to care.

  10. I had really bad acne myself. I tried everything to get rid of it (at least everything I could afford). And the only thing which helped me was the birth control pill. I know it isn’t the healthiest option but nothing else worked for me.

  11. She looks really pretty in that first picture. I love Cameron. I think she is gorgeous – especially in The Sweetest Thing, and There’s Something About Mary. Really gorgeous smile, bright eyes. She has such a cool and sexy personality too imo.

  12. she’s such a special lady. i just adore her, she makes me feel good when i see her on screen (sounds a bit crazy :D) she reminds me of julia roberts. both are really really adorable 🙂

  13. Gotta love Cammy D for sharing her personal struggles with her skin
    Not a lot of celebs do this
    It’s sooo real of her and shows what a cool, easy-going person she is and that she cares about others, knowing that her story may ease the pain or the info helping treat the problem
    Love, that’s all peeps, love each other

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