It’s hard to believe that someone as beautiful as Lea Michele ever felt self-conscious about the way she looks, but it’s true — Lea’s human! And before her days as Rachel Berry on Glee, Lea, like many teenagers, fought a serious battle with a severe case of acne made even worse by the medicine she took to treat it.

In Lea’s book, Brunette Ambition, she talks about the effect acne had on her growing up, and how it made her “nearly suicidal.” What happened?

“It was pretty bad. I actually went on Accutane twice, and it’s a very intense medicine for your skin,” Lea told Dr. Oz when she stopped by his show this week. “As you know, it causes a lot of emotional [issues], but it also really changes your appearance in the process of it, making you eventually getting better. And it was so hard.”

And as you can imagine, as someone who’s been on stage or on the screen for most of her life, it was even harder having to deal with that process with an audience.

“When this happened to me around my teens, it was really hard,” Lea said. “For me, it was very rough. I did everything I could to get it better … I at one point took a black pencil and tried to make them look like birthmarks.”

Yikes! Maybe let’s not take that advice. We’re glad that Lea’s skin has cleared up — although she says it’s something she’s always mindful of and tries to take very good care of her skin — and that today, she’s feeling happy and healthy.  

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