Move over, pimple popping videos, because there's a new sheriff in town, and that sheriff is the ingrown hair. The latest gross video obsession is a new ingrown hair-focused Instagram account, and if you're wondering if it's going to surprise you, let me spare you the confusion: It won't. It's literally just videos of tweezing ingrown hairs, which is why it's so baffling as to why it's impossible to look away from the Tweezist Instagram account.
Look, humans like gross things. In fact, there's a scientific reason for why we love gross videos: We get the same kind of genetic thrill watching disgusting things as we do going on a rollercoaster or watching a scary movie. You get to experience discomfort, and since you do it from a place of known safety, you can enjoy that discomfort without any of the negative side effects of being terrified or in pain. It's why the Dr. Pimple Popper Instagram account has more than 2.5 million followers, and more than 3 million YouTube subscribers.
If you're one of those 5 million people who have come to accept the truth of their obsession, then you're in luck.
The Tweezist Instagram account will satisfy all of your creepy internet cravings with endless videos of the thickest, darkest hairs being ripped out from people's pores.
If you're a squeamish person, or if, for whatever reason, you're just not interested in watching an unidentified hand pick at a hair living beneath the surface of the skin until it emerges like a beast from a lagoon (I can't imagine why), you might not want to keep reading, and you definitely will not want to watch these videos. But if you're as intrigued as I am, let's dive a little further.
The Tweezist — because that's what we will call him or her — is a fairly anonymous person. They're not a certified doctor, like "Dr. Pimple Popper" Sandra Lee, so it's important to keep this in mind when you watch: Look, but maybe don't copy.
However, this is what we do know about our ingrown friend, via one of their Instagram posts:
almost of my videos are recorded on my legs. I broke my leg when I was 9, so I had to wear cast for 2 and half months. If you wear cast for long time, you know there's "hair jungle" under the cast. yes, same as my leg so I started shave my legs (since I was 9!!). I had no idea about after shave care or something. there's so many ingrown hairs are grown under my skin and now... as you see, I enjoy to pluck them out and share vids with you LOL
Stars! They're just like us!
Seeing as how Tweezist has more than 100 videos on Instagram alone, it's safe to say that "hair jungle" is a pretty accurate description for their whole situation down there.
While it's great and all that we're getting our gross-but-safe skin fetish internet fix, it's important to be careful about taking beauty and skincare advice from a non-licensed source.
Here's the best way to take care of an ingrown hair if you do encounter one on your own body.
You want your skin follicles to be as open as possible prior to removal, so you should either take a hot bath or soak a clean, warm washcloth against the area of skin with the offending ingrown hair. The warm temperature of the water will bring the hair as close to the surface of your skin as possible, at which point you can work the hair out with a sterilized (emphasis on sterilized) needle or tweezer.
Needless to say, if you start to see blood, it's a safe bet to stop picking at yourself and go see a professional. More often than not, ingrown hairs can be pushed out of the follicle in their own time. So unless it's starting to bother you (in which case, it might be infected, which is all the more reason to see your dermatologist), it might be better to leave it alone.
But if you're just looking to get a quick, hushed "ew" adrenaline high between classes today, the Tweezist Instagram account will do just fine, thank you very much.