Lorde On What Not To Say To Friends Struggling With Acne

“For anyone out there who’s got bad skin .... I feel your pain."

Anyone who struggles with acne knows how crappy it can be to wear your flaws across your face. But you know what makes it worse? When people give you unsolicited advice on how to fix it. 

Lorde opened up about this very subject in an Instagram story over the weekend after the 21-year-old singer used a light therapy treatment on her skin. In the Instagram post, she discussed her skin issues and how to talk to your friends who struggle with acne. 

"For real though, acne sucks," she said. "You know what also sucks? When you've had acne for years and years and years, done all the drugs, tried all the things, and people are still like, 'You know what worked for me is moisturizing!' " 


Other annoying statements she's heard include ,"Make a mask out of honey, greek yogurt, and avocado!," "All you need to do is buy an apricot scrub!" and "Coconut oil! The secret is coconut oil!"

Then there's the insulting questions people seem to have no shame in asking. "The very worse one, of course, is when people think you're just dirty," Lorde said. "[They ask] 'Do you wash your face?' It's like, yes, I wash my face, I'm just genetically cursed."

If a friend who struggles with acne asks about your skincare secrets, go ahead and tell them what's worked for you. But you might want to refrain from offering unsolicited skincare advice or commenting on their skin. And for anyone out there currently unhappy with the state of their skin, Lorde wants you to know you're not alone. 

"For anyone out there who's got bad skin — and actual bad skin, not just the kind of bad skin you can just use a fancy cream for a few days and it'll all get better — I feel your pain," she said at the end of her Instagram story. "We'll get there, we will. Promise." 

Yes, even celebrities like Lorde — who can afford all kinds of luxurious treatments and products — can still struggle with skin problems. So, it's always refreshing to see them normalize these issues and speak honestly about them. 

Lorde has previously opened up about her acne on social media. She's posed for an acne cream filled selfie and has even showed the difference between an edited and non-edited photo from a performance in 2014. "Two photos from today, one edited so my skin is perfect and one real," she wrote. "Remember flaws are ok :-)."

Cover image via Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com


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