Scientist Explains Why We Love Gross Pimple-Popping Videos So Much

A Scientist Explains Why We Love Those Gross but Satisfying Pimple-Popping Videos so Much

By Robin Zlotnick

There's nothing quite like curling up on the couch after a long day at work with a glass of wine and a good book that you've tossed to the side because you got sucked down a rabbit hole of watching pimple-popping videos on YouTube and Instagram. It's one of my favorite things to do. But why? Why do we revel in the close-up release of goo from other people's pores? What compels us to hit play on "Blackhead Extraction!" and then do it again on "Whitehead Extraction!" and then one more time on "Gold Mine of Milia!"?


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