Salma Hayek Reveals Battle with "Severe Depression" -- And Acne

The gorgeous actress says that her acne was so bad when she was in her 20s that she couldn't bring herself to leave her apartment

Salma Hayek has enviably perfect skin these days, but that wasn't always the case. In a new interview with Lucky, the 45-year-old actress -- who's never looked better, by the way -- reveals that her skin was such a nightmare when she was in her 20s that she pretty much became a reculse.

"I had acne. And this acne was so bad, it sent me into a severe, severe depression," admits Hayek, who at the time had just given up a life of soap-opera stardom in Mexico to try to make it in Hollywood. "Like I couldn't leave the house."

Her acne-induced woes didn't end there. "I'd wake up in the morning and lie there and touch my face before I got up, just to prepare myself to look in the mirror," she remembers. "The next stage with that sort of depression is food: too little, or too much. Guess what I did? I mean, I was fat and broken out, I couldn't leave the house and I couldn't pay the rent!"

She credits a friend -- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron -- with saving her by introducing her to the healing power of meditation. Of course, she had a little help from Accutane as well. "I didn't want to, but it cured it," she says. "Since then my skin's forever sensitive and dry."

While we're not sure we agree with her "dry skin" self-assessment, Hayek's attitude toward Botox is something we can get behind.

"Trust me  -- I've been tempted, but I resist!" she insists. "Plus, if you freeze a muscle in your face, other muscles have to compensate! And once you stop, what does that look like?" We're betting the answer is: not Salma Hayek.

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