The actress wants to focus on natural beauty

By Julie Mazziotta
Updated January 22, 2016 05:50 PM

Bella Thorne is proud to be makeup-free!

The Midnight Sun actress posted an all-natural selfie to Instagram Thursday, to show that she’s regained her confidence after spending years battling acne.

“Personally, I struggled with acne for a long time,” Thorne, 18, captioned the photo. “I used to cry every night because I thought I looked so ugly. I used to read comments about my face, my skin, my nose, my eyes, and even my beauty marks people didn’t approve of.”

And for three seasons as the star of the Disney show Shake It Up!, Thorne had to cake on the makeup each day, which she says only made her acne worse.

“It’s something you can’t control,” Thorne says. “I know lots of people think others with acne ‘are dirty’ or ‘don’t take care of themselves.’ That is false.”

Now the actress finally feels comfortable in her skin, which is why she took a huge step and posted the makeup-free shot.

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And she wants to encourage other girls to accept themselves for who they are – clear skin or not.

“My question to you is: Why should we be judged? Use #mynatrualbeauty & lets inspire every girl to be proud of what they look like and who they are. I love you guys.”

Of course, this is still the Internet, so she had to remind her 9.2 million followers that, “If you don’t accept me for my insecurities please get off my page :).”

But Thorne knows how to put any bullies in their place. She memorably put one Hollywood starlet on notice through the pages of Seventeen magazine in November, but she’s remained tight-lipped about the mystery girl’s identity.

“She’s in the business, and she’s very, very mean. I stay away from her at all costs. I never say hello to her,” Thorne told the magazine.

The starlet says it’s not a Kardashian or Jenner, but we’re going to keep guessing!