If there's one thing we all know about acne, it's that it loves being the center of attention. It has this irritating tendency to take over your life (and your wallet) as it thrives on your desperation to get rid of it. And if that wasn't enough, you'll also meet a ton of people who are anything but supportive of your struggle. Everyone who suffers from acne has to hear the same eyeroll-worthy things over and over again, and honestly, we're just tired of it. And apparently, so is Lorde.
Being open about her skin struggles for years, Lorde joked about all the unsolicited acne advice she's received through the years. She spoke about it on her Instagram stories as she treated her skin with an LED light device.
"For real, though—acne sucks," the singer starts, rolling her eyes. "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? Moisturizing!'"
She then runs down the typical skincare advice that everyone with acne has probably already heard before:
"Make a mask out of greek yogurt, honey, and avocado." Or basically any DIY mask recipe ever.
"All you need to do is buy an apricot scrub." These scrubs contain walnut pits that cause microtears in your skin.
"Coconut oil. The secret is coconut oil." Extremely comedogenic (clogs pores). Stay away.
And of course, the classic, "Do you wash your face?" To which the singer says, "Yes, I wash my face! I'm just genetically cursed."
Thing is, while these may be well-meaning "tips," it doesn't make them any less annoying (for lack of a better word). People with acne are often well-versed with skincare as well, so chances are they've already tried whatever tip you're about to give them. Acne already takes enough of a toll on people's self-esteem, so it's important that we're always polite and sensitive about the things we say.
So if you're having a tough time with your skin right now, take it from Lorde: "It'll get better—I feel your pain. You'll get there, we will. I promise."
Watch her full Instagram story below: