Salma Hayek: “I had acne so bad it sent me into a severe depression”

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek covers the new issue of Lucky Magazine… I think it’s the May issue. The cover shoot is meh – you can see some shots here, as well as the full cover interview. Am I the only one around here who used to love Salma back in the day, but as the years go on, I find her more and more insufferable? I get the feeling that many of you have always disliked her. But for me… it’s rough because I used to consider her one of my favorite women. Not so much anymore. Anyway, Salma is trying to relate to all of us in the cheap seats, I’m assuming. Being married to a billionaire makes you forget how to relate to people, I think. Here are some highlights:

She used to be depressed about her pimples: “My skin?! When I was 25 and I left being a soap opera star in Mexico to go try to be a movie star in Hollywood and all of Mexico was laughing at me? And I could barely get work as an extra? You want to talk about bad skin? I had acne. And this acne was so bad, it sent me into a severe, severe depression. Like I couldn’t leave the house. I’d wake up in the morning and lie there and touch my face before I got up, just to prepare myself to look in the mirror!”

She used to overeat too: “The next stage with that sort of depression is food – too little or too much. Guess what I did? I was fat and broken out. I couldn’t leave the house and I couldn’t pay the rent!”

A director friend saved her: “Alfonso Cuarón—amazing director—he came to the house. He did not play it down, he did not try to say, Oh you look fine. He said you can’t do this to yourself and taught me to meditate, relax. I got myself back together!”

She’s never Botoxed: “Botox, trust me I’ve been tempted—but I resist! Think about what happens to your muscles—and your skin—if you’re sick and don’t move for a few days. It all atrophies! Plus, if you freeze a muscle in your face, other muscles have to compensate! And once you stop, what does that look like?”

Living in Paris: “It’s nuts, how good the people look, too,” she continues. “Nobody’s overweight, everybody’s well dressed, no tennis shoes—somehow, even though they walk all over the place, everyone manages to wear real shoes, nice shoes.”

Parisian hair: She points at her chic, low ponytail. “This is very Parisian. My husband, it’s funny, but he hates it when I have this Parisian hair! He loves my crazy-maniac-madwoman just-got-out-of-the-shower hair. He is like the lawyer for my thick, wild, natural hair. He’s like, ‘Why make it suffer?’ But you know for 45 years I’ve got this big hair, and these big boobs, and I’m this tiny person and sometimes—you just want to be … smaller.” She flips the ponytail, flashes her kohl-lined lashes. “He’s probably right—my mom always said, ‘You think you know better than God?’”

Skincare: She went on Accutane. “I didn’t want to, but it cured it. Since then my skin’s forever sensitive and dry.” Before this episode, her skin had always been pretty good, she says: She’d spent her childhood practically swimming in face creams and potions, all concocted by her grandmother, who gave them to family members and friends. “She’d take me with her to the pharmacy to get her materials. She knew what she was doing—she died at 96, with no wrinkles!”

Fatty foods = no wrinkles? “You know Latin people? African-American people? How our skin ages more slowly? Even though we’re dramatic, we move our faces, we eat higher-fat foods, we’re the ones with fewer wrinkles—it makes you wonder.”

Diet and exercise: “I like to eat,” she sighs. “I’m always on the edge of how much can I eat without looking too—you know. If I eat something salty, it makes me want something sweet. I eat something sweet, then I want salty. And exercise is not my thing, though I do it. “Not like Demi [Moore, her close friend]. She’s so disciplined, I wish I could be like that.” She looks at me; Moore has been reported to be in rehab. “You watch,” she says. “Demi will be back. She’s an inspiration to all women.”

Looking good for her billionaire husband: “If you’re in love with someone, you always want to conquer them anew. Even if we don’t go out, I like to look nice for him. He inspires me. There are men who don’t notice what you’re wearing, and that’s cool. But when you make an effort, François appreciates it so much.”

[From Lucky]

I’m still not sure what she was promoting. Maybe her skincare line, Nuance? Probably. She’s also got a part in Oliver Stone’s Savages, which comes out later this year. Or maybe she was just promoting SALMA! Honestly, she doesn’t come across as insufferable in this piece, and she kind of reminded me of Sofia Vergara a little bit, with the homespun wisdom of Latin grandmothers and all. As for Salma’s theory about African-American and Latinos’ aging and whether there’s a correlation with eating fatty foods… er… what? Is that really a theory? That the more fatty foods you eat, the better you’ll age?

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek

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  1. Bite me says:

    I don’t know about the fatty food, but so far am aging really well… Hope I can maintain my youthful glow

  2. Jayna says:

    A severe case of acne can definitely trigger depression. Our neighbor’s son after a long bout of it fell into a depression

    It’s cute she thinks about looking nice for her husband.

  3. moopsie says:

    I think the african-americans and mexicans age better because they have naturally dark skin that is not so easily damaged by the sun.

    • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

      I agree. My mom is Latina. She drinks, eats a ton of sweets (empty calories) and has been smoking for 30 years and she looks amazing. My dad is Irish. His diet is high in good fats (nuts, salmon etc) and he has not aged as well as mom.

      It seems as though it’s MOSTLY complexion (and genetics).

    • japangel says:

      It’s not only the melanin, the skin itself is made up of more layers in non-white ethnicities. I’m semitic myself and although I had awful oily skin and acne when I was younger I am finally appreciating my “older” thick skin!

      I don’t love Salma but the lady sure is aging well. According to her it’s from eating fatty foods. LOL.

    • satty says:

      she said “even THOUGH we are dramatic, eat fatty foods…” i saw it as like, well, even though we do stuff like this that people say cause wrinkles, we don’t get them. she’s not saying that why she doesn’t get them, she’s saying they don’t get them in spite of these things.

  4. MrsBarneyStinson says:

    I started having acne by the time I turned 14. And it was bad. Really bad. People at school would look at me differently and some girls and boys would even come up to me and point them out. I pretended not to care, but the tears would come out as soon as I reached home. Some days, I wouldn’t even get out of bed. My parents finally got me to see a dermatologist when the acne refused to dissapear. My skin has cleared up now but a new patch erupts every now and then. So, when she talks about depression, I know what she means.

    • Esmom says:

      I went through the exact same thing at the same age, not fun. I remember someone saying to her friend about me “What happened to her?” As if that age isn’t hard enough to get through.

      It took most of my freshman year of high school but it finally cleared up with tetracycline.

      I’ve never had a problem with “adult acne”…maybe if you get it early you don’t get it later? And if you escape in your teens it happens in adulthood? No avoiding it. My younger son had terrible baby acne, I wonder if that means he’s done with it?

      • Betty says:

        I didn’t have it as a teen, although I did have a tendancy to get a few right before class pictures. One of the things they asked for when I went to see a dermatologist once I started having problems in my 40′s was to have an ultrasound of my adrenal glands. Presumably, adrenaline (a stress hormone) has an effect.

        I was surprised to discover that it’s not uncommon for women to get adult acne once they hit their late 30′s, early 40′s. They usually get it on their cheeks / jaw from what I understand and it has to do with changing hormone levels.

      • japangel says:

        I had it terribly as a teen – mostly small papules on my forehead, cheeks, and then had about 10 good years and then started getting adult acne in my early 30′s. Lucky me. ;) The adult acne is totally different from what I had as a teen; very large, painful cysts along the jawline that take FOREVER to heal.

        Anybody suffering from acne, I feel for you. What worked for me was concentrating on my diet and taking supplements. Contrary to what most derms will tell you, though acne can be hormonal, our hormones are also affected by stress and diet!
        (Cut out dairy and refined sugar and if you must eat meat, eat grass fed, organic.) Something called “Vitex” cleared up my adult acne in 2 weeks. AMAZING stuff. Hang in there.

    • Suzy says:

      I’ve been on Accutane twice as a teenager & just started a third round as I approach 40. It’s no fun but it definitely works. I suffered thru it in high school & my self-esteem took a nose-dive when my face broke out horribly. It’s good to hear that Salma suffered from this too :)

  5. kit says:

    She looks great. I might check out her skincare range when it comes out.
    My cousin had bad acne from early teens into her late twenties. It was really sad because her whole personality changed from bubbly to incredibly shy. So if you have acne and you’re in the public eye, it must be hard.

    • littlestar says:

      Her skin line has been out for a while. I don’t think it’s availabel in Canada, but I picked some things up when I was in the states about a year ago, I think at CVS. It’s actually pretty good stuff. Her zit cream is really nice – good for mild acne.

  6. Nanz says:

    That settles it. I’m not moving to Paris. I love my tennis shoes too much.

  7. Slas says:

    She’s so full of it
    I’m French, I’ve been to Paris several times, I have friends there and they (les Parisiens) are no better than the rest of us… no tennis shoes, wtf ?
    We even have people dressed like Snooki and The Situation in Paris fyi Salma, maybe you should step out of your fancy hotel/appartment…

    • French says:

      You’re right. I don’t understand why she says that.

    • Betty says:

      The only people dressed like Snookie are the American tourists. Ditto for tennis shoes in the streets, no French woman worth their passport would be caught dead walking around in runners. Never.

      • HAHAHA says:

        Thank you Betty!! Exactly!I am French and a Parisian and French women would rather chose damnation than getting caught walking with runners… and it’s worst for parisians it’s like having a social suicide! that’s why everyone is sporting repetto ballet flats: very comfortable without having to ditch the chic!

        and I have never seen people dressed like snooki or the situation! NEVER!!
        just curious: where can I see some (it would be entertaining!)

      • Betty says:

        The Champs Elysees where the American tourists are… ;)

        Also, @Slas… It’s “appartement” in French. Fyi

      • Leticia says:

        Don’t the twentysomething year olds wear converse sneakers? I see photos of Jane Birkin’s French daughter wearing converse.

      • Betty says:

        Leticia: the only photo online of Lou Doillion in Converse is a studio shot.
        Parisian women don’t wear much makeup, they don’t spend 45 minutes on their hair every morning, they don’t walk around in high heels all day (my theory is too many cobblestone streets and Paris is a walking city) and their casual wear isn’t usually quite so casual as to allow runners without looking ridiculous. Also, if you want to buy chic flats, Paris is the city to do so.

      • Karma says:

        Sorry but those Repetto flats are ugly. That type of heel on a flat looks horribly clunky on a lot of women, thin or chubby. Especially from the side view. And the rounded toe doesn’t favor most either, even if they do have long legs.

        A rounded toe is for girls in elementary school, not women.

        That French women wear it, doesn’t automatically mean it looks good.

        However, comparing tennis shoes to a flat as a fashion comparison is a little weak. It’s not like you could wear tennis shoes with an outfit which is appropriate for flats/nicer shoes. And I doubt French women exercise in flats. They aren’t exactly equals for comparison.

        Maybe flip-flops vs flats could stand the comparison but not tennis shoes vs flats. And even that is on the outside of comparisons because flip-flops aren’t worn by American women with business/nicer attire either.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      I am so damned sick of the ‘Europeans are SO much better than North Americans’ drivel. It isn’t because I harbour some kind of xenophobic aversion to Europe, but because it’s so easy to get painted as such by a segment of the society who really, really likes being your ‘natural’ superior. Although, if something like shoes acts as your barometer, you’re likely just vapid to the point of brain damage. Wear the shoes you want and die like a man, for Pete’s sake.

      It’s just as annoying as the ‘Real Amuricans’ pap. Well, I say if you’re going to be one of those people (continent be damned) who likes to barnacle himself to the most facile of stereotypes, give them some elan and panache. Make up some entertaining lies and don’t worry about Plato’s stance on the poets, Plato’s almost dead!

      Alright, your mother conducted her water birth in the Trevi and you were christened in the Seine. This is why I got that summons to pledge an oath of fealty.

      And before you say. ‘Geez, what’s this about?’ I say to you: Paltrow. But her ‘One bottle of Yardley lotion is worth more than ten of you lives’ is really easy to giggle about and dismiss.

      Maybe the fact that I’m neither French nor am I American gives me some degree of outsider objectivity, but when I hear one hardlining side starts to bloviate and tear into the other, it sets my teeth on edge.

      Didn’t Audrey Hepburn, patron saint of fashion wear tennis shoes. She did, she absolutely did.

      • wonderwoman21 says:

        I totally agree with this comment, ‘Mama’! +10

      • Betty says:

        The fact is… people dress differently in different countries. People dress differently in different parts of the same country. Someone in Paris and someone in Cannes don’t dress the same, nor does someone in New York and someone in LA.

        If it makes you feel any better and less “old world, new world” targeted, you’d be very hard pressed to find a Parisian woman (living in Paris) who would willingly wear Vivienne Westwood. Or Kurt Geiger shoes.

        Audrey Hepburn’s tennis shoes would have been worn with Capri pants and a little fitted button blouse as was the style then. Assuming she did wear them and not flats. Of course, Hepburn was an American fashion icon. Bardot… was she wearing them then? Probably not.
        The tennis shoes Hepburn might have been wearing are hardly the same sort of things out now though. Is that what “The Situation” wears, according to an above poster?

  8. bea says:

    I can relate to her wanting to be “smaller” – even just once in a while (in the bust department – seems like it would be great, but honestly, a large chest doesn’t go with everything!)

  9. serena says:

    The thing about Demi, it was really nice of Salma.

  10. iwannarock says:

    she’s just jalous that vergara is now THE hot latina in the US.

    • Cherry says:

      Are you serious??
      1. Sofia Vergara is just a tv starlet who started getting famous 1/2 years ago. Salma is an Academy award-nominated actress who has been around for decades. And still looks incredible.
      2. Are you implying that there is only room for one hot Latina in the US?
      3. Jennifer Lopez will hunt you down and shoot you between the eyes if she reads this.

    • LAK says:

      this is a really ignorant question. Isn’t Cameron Diaz latina? Mexican/european mix like Eva Langoria? Why is she never referred to as latina?

      • Boxy Lady says:

        I don’t think that’s an ignorant question. Cameron Diaz probably isn’t often referred to as Latina for the same reason(s) Martin Sheen is not often referred to as Latino: they don’t fit the stereotypical Latin look. I mean I know they are both half white but even Sofia Vergara said she couldn’t get hired in the US in a “Latina role” until she darkened her hair from her natural blonde color and she was born and raised in Colombia!

  11. lucy2 says:

    Yeah, Demi might not be the best example for exercise/body image…
    Salma is beautiful, but I get the impression that she’s very full of herself. Then again, if I was beautiful, married to a billionaire, and living in Paris, I might be too!

  12. Kristen says:

    Re: the fatty foods comment — it’s said that, at a certain age, a woman can choose her ass or her face. Diet and retain a svelte figure, and your face pays (i.e. Madonna), or keep some weight on and your face will stay filled out and less wrinkled. Maybe that’s what she was thinking with her statement.

    • Tiffany27 says:

      I’ve heard this too. When I get older I’m def. choosing the face over body. My face looks better fuller anyway……. And I like to eat!

    • Linney says:

      I was thinking the same thing. A filled out face always looks younger. Think about people who lose a dramatic amount of weight (for instance, Bill Clinton or John Goodman)-they obviously look healthier in the body but the face pays with a sort of sagging effect.

    • bluhare says:

      I am in the middle of this dilemma right now and, trust me, it isn’t that easy. I said “face!” too, until I tried wearing some things I take for granted look good. No they don’t!

    • The Other Katherine says:

      Y’all are lucky bitches – I have major moon/chipmunk face unless I’m incredibly skinny (as in, underweight BMI). And I’m nearly 40. Just sayin’, being of a certain age doesn’t automatically mean you need extra weight to keep your face from being haggard.

      And yeah, Salma looks friggin’ AWESOME.

      • japangel says:

        I have a full face, too. At 5’7″, 130 lbs. (a lot of those lbs in my chest) I *still* have a chipmunk face. After my last baby I inadvertently ended up at about 118 lbs. – no butt, body looked like crap, but my face…was perfect. Body or face. I get it.

        Maybe we’ll lose the baby fat by the time we’re senior citizens???

      • The Other Katherine says:

        Ha, japangel! I wish. Based on looking at my grandmother, I think soft and slightly saggy cheeks are the more probable outcome, unless we starve ourselves to skeletons. Ah well.

  13. Jillian says:

    I’m glad Accutane forever cleared up her acne. It did not work that way for me. I was clear and oil free for 5 yrs, then it returned with a vengeance when I was 25.

  14. Newmrs says:

    Selma is wrong…its the melanin and genetics. All black people do not eat high fat foods sweetie. also all black people do not age well….we use skincare products like everyone else. sheesh

  15. laura says:

    I never had acne but I definitely got break outs and even still as an adult. I gave up sweets and alcohol (because that’s all sugar as well) as a new years resolution and my skin has NEVER been more clear and blemish free… ever! (I don’t normally ever eat fried foods anyway) I don’t think it’s just a coincidence so it’s something to consider trying.

  16. littlestar says:

    Yes, SOME fatty foods do help with healthy glowing skin. But think good fats, like omega fats. Salmon and avocadoes are AMAZING for your skin!

    I’ve tried some of Salma’s products from her Nuance line. The zit cream is really wonderful actually. I was surprised how good the stuff is for drugstore prodcuts.

    And I can totally relate to her saying she was depressed by her acne. I used to have bad acne and there were times where I wouldn’t go to my university classes, I couldn’t bare the thought of going out of the house and looking like the bride of Frankenstein.

  17. Minty says:

    Like others here, I can relate. I had acne in high school and had a severe form of it in my early twenties. Definitely experienced depression and insecurity as a result, too.

    However, I take issue with some of the things Salma said. Genetics primarily determine a susceptibility to acne and premature wrinkles. Good genes can override bad habits. She’s generalizing too much. There are people who look young for their age and people who look old for their age in any ethnic group. A high fat diet does not prevent wrinkles.

    But you know for 45 years I’ve got this big hair, and these big boobs,…
    Oh, enough already. While I can believe she hasn’t tried Botox, she needs to shut it with her breasts. She had a boob job years before her child was born. Quit pretending it’s natural. She also had rhinoplasty before she found success in Hollywood. It’s fine if she doesn’t want to talk about them. But it’s irritating that she lies when there are photos that contradict what she says.

    Demi will be back. She’s an inspiration to all women.
    I do hope Demi gets better and develops more self-esteem. But her past actions [Twitter oversharing/attention whoring, flirting with her daughter's male friends, plastic surgery to look 25, drug use, emaciated body, rumoured open marriage, desperate clinginess in relationships] are not an inspiration to me in any way.

  18. Jayna says:

    I think America has gotten sloppy in a general sense, not everybody. My mother always looked so nice going shopping or out. She really took pride in her appearance.

    Also, America has become land of rushing through a day, eating fastfood in their car. In France everyone takes lunch at a restaurant eating fresh food and taking the time for good conversation and they have a lower incidence of cancer there. I am sick of seeing all you can eat places or huge plates of food. We could learn from other counties.

    • Betty says:

      It helps when your employer gives you two hours for lunch though. You don’t have to rush.

    • Mary jones says:

      So sick of this “oh Europeans are superior” attitude. I’d rather wear my comfy sneakers than be a smelly, hairy armpitted Frenchy. See Americans can do stereotypes too. Stop putting down Americans on this site. If you don’t like us go post on some “European” site.

      • Betty says:

        Rather than getting annoyed, maybe you guys should all be asking for 2 hour lunches and 5 weeks of paid holidays a year, universal health care, free day care and an educational system that doesn’t turn out illiterates that fall through the cracks too.

        There’s a lot to be said for a system that recognizes that work is not the be all and end all in life.

      • Karma says:

        Award winning journalist Thomas Friedman in a doc “Does Europe Hate Us?” asked a bunch of Europeans about their socialism perks and how great it was.

        And then asked them if they knew it was due to the US largely footing their defense bills.


      • Mrs. Odie 2 says:

        It isn’t “free.” It comes out of tax money.

      • Betty says:

        @Karma: I rather doubt that the US was footing France’s defense bills. France withdrew from Nato in 1966 and didn’t join it again until 2009.

        @Odie: of course it does. The upshot of that being that people who would otherwise probably be living off of tax payer money because daycare costs more than they earn can actually afford to work. And the kids have proper care and mind enriching activities rather than TV all day and proper hot meals which are set up by a dietician. Plus, there’s a doctor on call.

        There’s nothing wrong in investing in your youth. After all, they’ll be running the country some day.

      • Karma says:

        It was Thomas Friedman’s 2005 documentary point was about Europe, as I stated, not just France.

        However, France pulling out of NATO because it wasn’t feeling the love and wanted NATO to essentially revolve around a threesome with France, UK, and the US, doesn’t mean it didn’t benefit from that arrangement. Nor does it mean that the US’s only military contribution to Europe is solely via NATO.

        And besides, if you want a recent example, the Libya invasion proved just how much NATO and France needed the regular US military to protect Total’s oil interests. From some reports I have heard, France wants/is promised 35% of Libya’s oil shipments in exchange for supporting their efforts to overthrow the govt. And how much air support did the US provide? At what cost?

        Anyway, it was Thomas Friedman’s 2005 documentary, but you can’t say France didn’t benefit both militarily and financially by being out of NATO. All the protections and none of the costs.

        Now on a related topic, how is that air craft carrier deal working out with the UK? Because that certainly wouldn’t point to another area where Europe would gain by the maintaining of our aircraft carriers…..but wait.

        Wouldn’t that be yet another modern example of France/Europe benefiting from the US military….outside of the NATO structure? And just to let you know. There are currently three US aircraft carriers at this moment over on your side of the globe. Protecting your oil interests as well as ours.

  19. Gabby says:

    Has anybody used a clarisonic for their face and did it help with acne?

  20. Dana M says:

    I still like her. She’s sassy…love that, it makes for a fun friend.

  21. Camille (The original) says:

    I agree with you Kaiser. Salma used to be one of my favourite actresses, now, not so much. I still think she is very beautiful, but her personality seems to rub me the wrong way these days. At least she wasn’t as insufferable as she normally is in that interview.

  22. Rio says:

    Oh man, you want depressing acne? Cystic is the worst! I’m in my mid-20s and while I usually only break out around my period, flare-ups when I was younger left me with multiple keloid scars on my shoulders. It’s only been very recent that I’ve accepted them and don’t mind if people see them.

    Adult-onset acne runs in my family– my parents stock up on Clearasil and they’re both nearly 70! The awesome flip-side to that, though, is that neither of them have wrinkles and I probably won’t get any myself!

  23. Mrs. Odie 2 says:

    Good thing no one is ever looking at her face.