Pete Davidson opens up about cystic acne battle

Pete Davidson is undergoing a course of strong medication in order to treat his acne.

The comedian has joined the likes of Lili Reinhart and Iris Law in discussing their struggles with the debilitating skin condition, in which cysts cause painful and red lumps on the face and body.

Now, in an interview with Paper magazine, Davidson has explained how he’s taking Accutane – a medication used to treat severe cystic acne that has not responded to other treatments.


“Well, my skin’s insanely bad because I have Crohn’s, so I have like no immune system,” the 26-year-old explained, referencing the inflammatory bowel disease he was diagnosed with in his teens. “So, I get cystic acne and I have to take extra-special care of my skin so it can still look sh***y. But now I’m on Accutane, so I’ve been told I’m gonna be a little bit of a b**** for the next six months.”

Cystic acne can leave long-lasting scars, and while there is no cure or specific cause, sufferers do need to undergo treatment.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Saturday Night Live funnyman discussed the intense public scrutiny over his appearance, especially during his short-lived relationship with popstar Ariana Grande last year.

“I think it’s very… weird. When enough people call you ugly, it definitely gets to you. For me, personally, I can’t block that stuff out. That’s why I had to get rid of the Internet and stuff,” Davidson shared. “But you definitely have to get to a place where you’re just like, ‘This is how I look. Alright.’ You know?”