Okay, you may think that as idols make tons of money, their skin will always be in the best condition since they can spend a fortune on special cares and treatments, right? Sooo mistaken!
In an interview on Youtube with AYO “Comment Defenders”, two experts with more than ten years experiences in skin treatments from YOU&ME CLINIC, We Chan Woo and Jeong Seon Mi, have revealed the most common health problem of all idols is skin disorder, especially problems related to acne.
More often than not, the condition would be so bad that even after putting on many expensive makeup products, they still couldn’t hide away the unevenness of the skin.
According to them, except for some rare cases like NCT’s Jaehyun, Oh My Girl’s Arin, EXO’s Baekhyun and IZ*ONE’s Jang Wonyoung, literally all K-celebrities suffer from acne because of the public mindset that being idols equal being a flawless model.
What does that really mean? Well, since KPOP stars must always appear with a perfect image, the makeup that they put on must often be super heavy to cover up all the flaws on their face.
Combining this with the high frequency of appearing in public events, the amount of dirt and makeup on the skin would pile up and thus, clogging the pores and leading to acne.
Take Red Velvet’s Irene for example. While she already possessed a naturally beautiful visual, she was still made to put on tons of makeup to look more attractive when the camera was rolling.
The result of this whole thing was clearly seen when she appeared on Knowing Bros with such a bad complexion that even with cushion on, she still couldn’t hide the big spots of acne on the chin, around the nose and on the forehead.
According to two experts, since idols can’t afford to wear less makeup and rest properly, they would opt for the help of technology.
Maybe you’re thinking about some wh̾i̾t ̾e, futuristic-looking machine that can smoothen the skin in a blink of an eye, but no, the technology that they were talking about is an invasive mєthod that requires injecting shots of medicine with aspirin inside to make the skin less irritated.
In the past, there have been many idols who came to the clinic amid their recording, asked for a shot to temporarily smoothen their complexion and rushed out right away.
Lack of sleep
While the insufficient amount of sleep will interrupt the production of hormones and thus, resulting in the chemical imbalance of skin cells, there’s just no way idols could have a healthy and stable sleep routine due to the packed schedule and the lack of control over their own working hours.
TWICE’s Sana was once the victim of the KPOP draining schedule. When the group was attending a live broadcast in 2019, Sana was seen dozing off after multiple attempts to stay awake.
According to Kangnam, who was also there with Sana, Sana was struggling to maintain consciousness and keep her eyes opened for nearly one hour.
When this scene was shown to her afterwards, Sana could only laugh it off and explained that since she hadn’t slept at all for three days in a row due to the busy schedule, there was nothing else she could do besides letting the body do whatever it wanted.
As a KPOP fan, certainly you know how intense this industry is.
While idols often appeared with bling bling images, the fact is that 10 out of 10 people have been dealing with stress since the longest time ever.
Since idols were still trainees, they have already faced a constant stream of fierce competition. Once a person couldn’t meet the company’s expectation in the monthly evaluation, he or she will be kicked out of the door without mercy.
Even when these trainees manage to debut, no peaceful or relieved state of mind can be reached because of the pressures to pay off the previous training debt, to gain public recognition and to act in certain ways as expected by the public if they’re lucky enough to be famous.
While most idols can afford to arrange meetings with psychologists to deal with the consequences of stress, not every time this mєthod worked.
In the past, (f)x’s Sulli was one of the victims that often showed abnormal behaviors as a result of suffering from stress for a long time.
Her condition then got worse because most people reacted negatively to most of the things Sulli did and eventually, she ended up making the most painful decision for the overwhelming amount of stress.
Maybe you didn’t notice, TWICE’s Jeongyeon also fell victim to anxiety disorder, an illness commonly resulting from dealing with stress for a constant period of time, and to prevent further consequences, she has gone on a hiatus and missed the group’s promotional activities for several months.
Why is that a problem? Well, while most people would have the chance to take a shower after sweating like a river, idols don’t usually get the same privilege.
Maybe you don’t hear this often but being an idol is quite a sweaty job. Usually when KPOP stars promote new albums, they go on various stages one day to perform.
And of course, as their choreography has never been easy like simply putting their hands up, sliding left and right, or walking around the stage, they sweat non stop after each performance.
But do they get to take a shower or at least wash their face properly right after that? Definitely no.
Because of the packed schedule, idols often have no time to bathe and thus, end up either stucking in another drenched stage outfit despite the sweaty body or wearing the same costumes for hours to multiple events.
Since being skinny is among the must-checked criteria for idols, literally all of them must maintain a díєt that is not only lacking in nutrition but also in energy.
According to director We Chan Woo, when she spoke to KPOP stars, especially those from girl groups, she found that they didn’t really eat anything.
Those díєts were actually so strict and rigorous that some idol had long been suffering from malnutrition without even knowing their terrible condition.
“I’ve only eaten a tomato for today” or “I’m not allowed to eat anything besides this” – where “this” is a super low-carb type of food, are some most common things to hear throughout her career.
Things were even so bad that at one time, a female idol who came to get treatments immediately asked if she could have a bar of chocolate after seeing some on the table.
Of course, the díєt issue is nothing new in the KPOP industry because there have been multiple idols, mostly females, who expressly complained about their rigorous díєt in the past.
For example, KARA’s Han Seungyeon once revealed that she was even prohibited from drinking water during the promotion of “Mister.”
Or for IU, she was also the victim of a poor díєt when used to eat only one apple, two sweet potatoes and one cup of protein shake everyday.
As a result of such a counterintuitive díєt, idols often suffer from dizziness, overly anxiety, stomachache and even pαss out in case they severely lack energy.
For female idols, a poor díєt would result in an even more drєαdful aftermath. According to We Chan Woo, when women don’t have enough nutrition in their díєt, their menstrual period will stagnate.
The former of Ladíєs’ Code, Ashley Choi, once revealed on the “Get Real” radio programme that she used to have her menstrual period stopped for around one year since she only ate cherry tomatoes to lose weight.
Only after Ashley got time to relax and stay away from the limelight that her body could normally function again.
For those who haven’t known much about amenorrhea, this could result in many other symptoms that eventually cause difficulties for a person’s daily life.
Besides having tons of ances on the face according to director We Chan Woo, women will also suffer from headache, pelvic pain and even vision changes.
So, just to maintain the skinny body that the public requires, idols must sacrifice their own wellness.
If you don’t want to undergo a constant series of bad hair days then obviously, being an idol has never been a good career option.
While most of them would debut with fairly thick and silky hair, in time, they will all lose that beautiful trait after multiple times bleaching and dying the hair to fit the comeback concept.
Moreover, since many agencies believed that staying with the same hair color is lame and not suitable with the flashy, dainty image of a typical celebrity, idols must still have to do somєthing with their hair regardless of their wish.
Recently, a post compiling all the bad hair moments of idols on The Qoo has gained a huge amount of attention for not only showing how bad the hair of some famous idols were but also raising concern about their critical health condition.
According to the person, mostly all idols share a range of traits when it comes to their hair: severely damaged, obvious split ends, and a huge amount of hair loss.
While ordinary people would rarely suffer from such severe conditions, this is actually a common and inevitable thing in KPOP because these stars must constantly change hair color for the sake of gaining more attention from the public.
Especially in groups with many members like NCT, dying hair with multiple bright colors is a must-do thing since it helps people differentiate each member.
Moreover, because appearing with the same hairstyle can not only bore people out but also make fans believe that they’re being ignored by hair stylists, idols must also have their hair in constant interaction with hot blow dry, straightening iron, hairspray and hair gel, which are all factors resulting in hair damage, to renew their image.
Usually, the hair would be so damaged that it could hardly grow longer before falling off or having severe split ends.
In the past, MAMAMOO’s Solar once shared that she had to cut a fair amount of hair because once it grew any longer, each hairpiece would either be too wiry or crinkly.
Solar also emphasized that never once in her life did she have to cut her hair that short but to help the scalp heal and more strong hair could come out, there were no other options.
After learning about all these toxic things that all idols must go through, do you still dream of becoming an idol?