I don't ask or question what simple, harmless things bring people joy. (It is 2019, after all — we need to grab happiness any chance we get.) For some, it's CBD-based...everything. For others, it's going down an ASMR rabbit hole. And for a small subset of the population, it's Dr. Pimple Popper videos.
Actually, I should rephrase: It's not just a small group of people who enjoy these insanely graphic blackhead removal clips. Dr. Pimple Popper, a.k.a Dr. Sandra Lee, has over 3 million followers on Instagram. That's 3 million people who voluntarily choose to fill their feeds with hair, puss, and pain. But like I said: I'm not judging.
In fact, a psychology professor once told Glamour that seeking these videos out is akin to the desire to visit a haunted house or watch horror movies. "A lot of disgusting imagery is also associated with fear," explained Dean McKay, Ph.D. "In the real world, we generally avoid disgusting things—as well as things that are dangerous."
So if pimple-popping videos is your YouTube hole of choice, then you've come to the right place. I scoured Dr. Lee's Instagram page for the most hypnotising popping videos, and the 13, below, are simultaneously cringe-worthy and calming. Watch for yourself if you don't believe.
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Fair warning, though: Those with sensitive stomachs should avoid.
The time she compared what came out of this pimple to "fire butter."
When she laughed in the face of this blackhead inside someone's ear.
The time she called one of her popping conquests "cute."
And when she said these cysts popped out like "ribbons." (I don't see it.)
The time "bright summer colours" were involved.
This upper lip extraction video that I definitely watched with one eye closed.
A blackhead removal situation that will both horrify and mesmerize you.
When she dedicated one of her pops to International Women's Day
The time someone in Dr. Pimple Popper's chair tried to do her job.
Wow, she really compares puss to "butter" a lot, doesn't she?
The time she randomly decided to soundtrack one of her pops with Ansel Elgort's "Supernova."
I don't even know what's happening in this video but I can't stop watching.