Beauty battle ... Salma Hayek and husband Francois-Henri Pinault. Photo: Getty
Actress Salma Hayek has revealed she spiralled into depression after she was blighted by acne as she tried to break into movies.
Hayek, who is famed for her good looks, insists she reached rock bottom after suffering severe breakouts on her face during her mid-20s.
And the star says she was so depressed, she turned to food for comfort - and piled on the kilos.
In an interview with Lucky magazine she reeled when the journalist commented on her "glowy, velvety skin."
"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 severe, severe depression," Hayek said.
"Like I couldn't leave the house. 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," she says.
After a friend taught her to meditate and relax, she said, "I got myself back together!”
She also went on Accutane. “I didn’t want to, but it cured it. Since then my skin’s forever sensitive and dry.”
Hayek regularly appears in magazine lists of the most beautiful women in the world.
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