Shocking videos are hardly a new thing for the internet, but a fresh category of icky has popped up in recent years. Watching pimple popping videos, and other gross things people are obsessed with, might have you screaming in disgust one minute and obsessing the next. Because there's something super compelling about these videos that makes it impossible for people to turn away.
The popularity of pimple popping videos is kind of intense, with some videos boasting millions of views. Maybe they tap into a primal grooming instinct or maybe people just have strong stomachs. Whatever the case, popaholics are a huge demographic. And ,like any other internet interest, popping videos have their own variety of categories and subcategories. In addition to the basic pimple pops, there are blackhead extractions, pore strip peels, ingrown hair removals, ear wax expulsions, blister bursts, and cysts that cease to exist. And it's all grosser than you ever imagined.
But don't let these images inspire you to start your own series. Many of the videos below feature people picking at potentially infected skin blemishes without gloves or sterile instruments. That's even scarier than the stuff flying out of pores. Don't risk the infection and see a doctor for help.
(Seriously: these videos are not appropriate for all readers, so if you have a weak stomach, turn away now. I'm pretty immune to gross-out images, but some of these left me queasy. Consider yourself warned. )\