Keke Palmer Had Severe Acne as a Teen & Tyler Perry Paid for Her to See Dermatologist

Less than a month after actress Taraji P. Henson and singer Fantasia revealed how Tyler Perry blessed them, Keke Palmer is also opening up about the filmmaker’s life-changing role in her fight against acne.

Palmer has been filling in for new mom Sara Haines on ABC’s “Strahan and Sara” and in a recent episode, the former child star shined the spotlight on the menace of acne using her personal story.

Keke Palmer & Tyler Perry at the premiere of ‘The Longshots’ on Aug. 20, 2008 in Westwood, California. |Photo: Getty Images

Keke Palmer & Tyler Perry at the premiere of ‘The Longshots’ on Aug. 20, 2008 in Westwood, California. |Photo: Getty Images

Acne plagues many people and can lead to major insecurity issues which, in Palmer’s case, must have been heightened by growing up in the limelight.

Sharing her experience with the show audience, the “Akeelah and the Bee” star confirmed that even now she still deals with the skin condition.

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I feel so sad for a couple of reasons. The first being that when I tell my fans something, the people that have always supported me, I want to come through for them. When it has come to music, I feel like I have always let you guys down. I will say something is coming out this day, the album will be released this time and.. it never happens. What y’all don’t know is the album is done, it’s been done for a whole year. What y’all don’t know is I have worked so hard on so many launches. I have planned, scheduled, prepared and put so much of my heart and soul into delivering you music at the level in which you deserve! At the level in which everything I put out is. But the music industry and the things you have to go through, the way it’s set up is absolutely soul crushing. This story is so outdated and I can not put it into words but anyone that does music will understand what I mean. I give you dates and set expectations and then I am just as confused as you are when things don’t follow through. It took me so many years to recover emotionally from the disappointment and heartbreak of my first record deal at 12. I thought starting my own label and owning my music would make things easier but they are just that much MORE complicated. All I want to do is make music and let it be heard. I truly don’t understand how something that can come so easily to me, be surrounded by so much bullshit. I am deeply saddened to tell you that I don’t know when you will get new music, I’m not sure how I’m supposed to get it to you. This is not to be like boo hoo or anything it’s simply me being a person of my word, being transparent and letting you know what’s going on. That I don’t have any answers for you, all I can say is I still love music itself and if it happens that I am able to share that with you guys sometimes I will. I had to say something instead of looking crazy asf like I’ve been lying to you.. I’ve been being lied to as well 🥀

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“I’ve struggled with this for years, and I still do, and it’s acne. I’ve battled it and documented it on social media,” Palmer said before going on to reveal the chance encounter with Perry that changed things for her.

“I remember it got so bad when I was around 13 or 14, I was at the NAACP Awards and just a year before, I did ‘Madea’s Family Reunion’ with Tyler Perry. We saw him at the awards and you could tell I was pretty insecure about it. It was obvious to see. He actually pulled my mom to the side and said, ‘I’m gonna actually pay for you guys to take her to a dermatologist.’ It really made a difference in my life.”

Palmer recalled working with the dermatologist to try different treatments for her skin before finally settling on the perfect remedy.

The actress joins a list of entertainers who have shared their life-changing experiences with Perry and how the filmmaker came through for them in both their personal and professional lives.


Emmy nominee, Henson, revealed that Perry was the first person to pay her $500,000 for a movie role in Hollywood.

“I think the industry knew I was talented, but it’s about money. Are you bankable?” the actress said. “I had to continuously prove that. I’ve been trying to prove and improve.” She continued:

“I was asking for half a million. I didn’t get paid that until I did my first Tyler Perry film. He was the first person who paid me $500,000.”

Tyler Perry & Taraji P. Henson at the 2019 BET Awards on June 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. |Photo: Getty Images

Tyler Perry & Taraji P. Henson at the 2019 BET Awards on June 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. |Photo: Getty Images


Season three “American Idol” winner Fantasia also shared during a radio appearance last month that Perry came through for her at a low point in her life.

“Tyler Perry’s actually a good friend of mine. He would call and check up on me. He was one of the ones when I lost everything, he came and blessed me. And I thank him for that.”


Perry is an actor and filmmaker known for creating and performing the comic character Madea as well as producing tons of movies and TV series that tell the African American story.

In recognition of his work and accomplishments, Perry was honored with the Ultimate Icon Award at the 2019 BET Awards last month.

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