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The Viral Pimple-Popping Stories That Chronicle Our Grossest Obsession Of 2017

Carly Ledbetter

There’s something strangely alluring ― and gross ― aboutpimplepopping.

Dermatologists warn peopleagain and againnot to pick their faces, but some  just can’t help it. Theinstant gratificationis too satisfying. Others get their thrill from reading horrifying tales about zit-popping gone astray, while some watch viral videos from dermatologists like Sandra Lee, MD, better known as Dr. Pimple Popper. 

Daniel Kelly, an assistant professor of philosophy at Purdue University, and author of Yuck!: The Nature and Moral Significance of Disgust, knows why the viral videos and stories are so addicting. 

“It’s the same kind of thrill people get from, say,riding a roller coasteror bungee jumping — it activates the experience [that] typically comes with a real kind of danger while actually being protected from the harmful effects typically associated with those situations,” he told Cosmopolitan. “One of the main functions of disgust, the heart of this particular emotion’s primary job or core mission, is to protect us from infectious diseases.” 

Dr. Heather Berlin, PhD, a neuroscientist and assistant professor of psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, offered up another explanation.

“Sometimes watching the video canbring the same satisfactionas actually popping,” she explained to Refinery29.

In case you’re in the mood to re-hash and re-watch some of 2017′s most disturbing videos and stories about pimple and cyst popping, check out the list below:

1. Theseendless blackhead extractions

2. This 50-year-old cyst thatoozed gray and brownafter a massive explosion. 

3. This“unicorn” zitthat gushed white goop:  

4. This woman who popped a pimple that wasactually a staph infection.

5. The moment Dr. Pimple Popper removed “onions” from this person’s back: 


6. Thisricotta-cheeselike cyst squeeze: 

7. This insanely grossear pimple extractionthat just won’t stop: 


8. The womanwho popped her husband’s 4-year-old zit: 




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This article originally appeared on HuffPost.