‘The Bachelorette’: Hannah Brown Opens Up About Her Struggle With Acne

Hannah Brown’s never been lax about her skin. Growing up, she washed her face twice a day (a third time if she went to the gym), and never went to bed with her makeup on. For most of Hannah’s life, her skin was crystal clear.

Then, when she turned 23, she began to suffer from acne.

Hannah Brown | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic
Hannah Brown | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

“I started getting these little bumps everywhere. I thought I must have used the wrong makeup, or it was from stress, or my period. But it never went away. And I tried everything: prescription topical treatments from my dermatologist, microdermabrasion, facials, all the laser treatments, birth control, spironolactone, Minocycline. It would get better for a few days then come right back. Nothing was working,” she told Women’s Health.  

When she won Miss Alabama in 2017, her acne got even worse. Her skin issues started to affect her confidence.  

“My acne really set me back while I was Miss Alabama USA. I was supposed to look like this beauty queen, but I had acne that I couldn’t get under control […] I just felt so insecure taking a ton of pictures and being around all these beautiful girls with clear skin, thinking my skin used to look like that. I definitely let my acne get into my head during that competition.,” she said.  

The treatment that helped Hannah Brown clear up her acne

Acne is different for everybody–what worked for Hannah may not work for you. But the treatment that finally started to do the trick for Hannah was Accutane.

“I had tried everything else, so going on Accutane was really my last option. I actually started it right before I auditioned for The Bachelor. I think back on myself during that time and going through the audition process. I told casting, ‘You might not want me on your show because I have acne, I’m on Accutane, and my skin might get worse before it gets better,’” she said.

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Hannah started filming The Bachelor when she was still on Accutane, so her face hadn’t cleared up yet. In fact, Hannah almost didn’t go on The Bachelor because of her acne. Ultimately, she decided to not let her skin issues dictate her life.

But having acne when she was on The Bachelor wasn’t easy.

Because she was on Accutane, she had to let her skin breathe most of the time. She only wore makeup when she was on a date with Colton Underwood or at a cocktail party.

“I would use Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation because it was full coverage and would stay put. Then I loved the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder. That was my lifesaver. I kept it with me everywhere I went,” she said.

How Hannah’s skin is doing now

By the time Hannah became The Bachelorette, her skin had mostly cleared up. Of course, pimples still pop up here and there, but Hannah doesn’t stress about her skin as much as she used to.

“It’s funny because my first night as The Bachelorette I had a huge pimple pop up on my face out of nowhere. And there were a few other times during filming that I’d get a bump here or there. But that’s life. Now, when I do have a flare-up, I just use Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment to dry it out and call it a day,” she said.

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