Kirsten Storms took to Twitter Sunday to confirm she’s temporary leaving General Hospital due to skin problems.
After thanking fans for their dedication and concern, Storms, 32, elaborated on the condition. “I am taking a little break from work due to some skin issues I’ve been having. 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),” the actress wrote. “However, it was becoming too difficult for GH to coverup.”
She continued: “We all know this biz appearance is important. In the meantime I look forward to seeing 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!”
Although Storms’ return date is not yet clear, Molly Burnett (CSI: Cyber, True Blood) will take her place in the role of Maxie Jones through July. Storms began playing Maxie on the long-running daytime soap opera in 2005. She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for her performance in 2009, but lost to fellow General Hospital star Julie Berman.
This isn’t the first time Storms has taken a break from the show. In 2011, she left for 10 months, also due to medical complications, and returned to the program in August 2012. Actress Jen Lilley (Days of Our Lives) stepped into the role of Maxie in Storms’ absence.
Storms — who made a name for herself as a teenager in Disney’s Zenon trilogy — took to social media in April to announce her divorce from husband Brandon Barash.
General Hospital airs weekdays on ABC. (Check local listings.)