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Health & Fit: Keke Palmer Says PCOS Causes Facial Hair and Adult Acne

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  • Keke Palmer, 28, opened up about her PCOS symptoms in a recent interview.
  • The Hustlers star said she experiences facial hair growth as well as adult acne.
  • Palmer learned that she has PCOS last year and has previously shared how it has impacted her.

After announcing her diagnosis of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) last year, Keke Palmer is now sharing how she continues to cope with the hormonal disorder. In a new interview with Tamron Hall, the actress opened up about the symptoms that led to her diagnosis—and how she manages them today.

"I kind of discovered that that's what I was dealing with and it answered a lot of the questions to, not only why I had acne, but why I grow hair on my face or under my chin," Palmer told Hall in Monday's episode of The Tamron Hall Show. "I kind of have a lowkey beard going on that I have to shave every couple of days."

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Keke Palmer, 28, opened up about her PCOS symptoms in a new interview with Tamron Hall. The actress says she experiences facial hair and adult acne. © Instagram Keke Palmer, 28, opened up about her PCOS symptoms in a new interview with Tamron Hall. The actress says she experiences facial hair and adult acne.

Palmer recognized that she was experiencing excessive facial hair and acne, which are two common symptoms of PCOS, as well as weight gain, abnormal menstruation, and infertility. PCOS is hormonal disorder is fairly common, impacting nearly 5 million women of reproductive age, according to the CDC.

"I started to zero-in on the fact that you know, for me to have dealt with acne past puberty in the way that I did, there had to be something deeper going on. And that's when I came up on PCOS and also things that I needed to change in terms of my diet."

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Palmer said she that, once diagnosed, she learned more about how the disorder impacts women differently. "There's a bunch of different variants … it's different for everyone," she said. "Even my sister was struggling with it, especially when she was pregnant."

In December 2020, the actress took to Instagram to show first hand how PCOS can impact women's bodies. She shared photos of her skin and opened up about how having acne from PCOS has affected her. "My skin has made me sad many nights but I do not give up on myself," she wrote in the caption. "Please know you're not alone."

Palmer told Hall that she wants to continue to share about having PCOS to not only inspire others, but also to empower herself.

"I do try to be thoughtful with my platform, but I'll be honest, when it came to me talking about the PCOS and my acne struggles, it was to empower myself," she said. "It was to empower myself and to give myself the opportunity to say, 'You know what? Just own who you are, love yourself.'"

"It was like me telling myself 'I love you girl no matter what. I love you so much. I 'm going to show your whole self to the world and I 'm not going to be afraid,'" she said.

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