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Kirsten Storms' break from General Hospital: Is it due to her acne or her ex?

Leah Prinzivalli writes about pop culture, beauty and health and has interviewed some of your favorite reality stars. She has been published in VICE, Reductress, The Toast, The Frisky, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn with her cat, l...

Kirsten Storms says her temp leave from General Hospital is acne-related, but it sounds more like much-needed healing time

It's been a tough couple of months for General Hospital's Kirsten Storms. Just a few weeks after the announcement that she's divorcing her husband of three years, Brandon Barash, she's now taking a temporary hiatus from General Hospital. According to a recent tweet, stress acne has gotten so bad that she's had to step back from the role she's played on GH since 2005.

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She explained the situation to over 180,000 fans on Twitter: "Tweeters! First, thank you for the outpouring of love & support. I appreciate all the positive messages I've received. Second, yes I am taking a little break from work due to some skin issues I've been having."

She continued, "My dr's say my breakouts are due to stress, but shouldn't take too long to get under control (I can say that I'm on the better end of it now). However, it was becoming too difficult for GH to cover up. And we all know in this biz appearance is important. In the meantime, I look forward to watching Molly on screen as I take the next few weeks to heal. Again—thanks for the love and you will see me again in no time [sic]!"

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With ex-husband Barash also a costar, it's easy to imagine what's causing that stress acne. Is there a more stressful situation than working with an ex?

Storms' fans are coming out in support with kind words. One fan wrote, "I would rather see Maxie with bad skin, all broken out, whatever then not see Kirsten, get well and come back soon." Another agreed, "We're gonna miss you! You're flawless no matter what. Get well soon and hurry back!"

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