I apologize for this post.
But I watched the entirety of this video, all 5:05 minutes of it, and I have to share this with someone else.
I watched in complete silence, shock and awe as someone's whiteheads were slowly pulled from their pores.
And when it was over, I thought to myself,
Why would I do this to myself?
And then, I thought,
I have to do this to other people so I do not suffer alone.
I want to vom and yet... I'm intrigued.
For some odd reason, watching people pop pimples, cysts and pull blackheads and whiteheads out of their very oily skin is very popular on YouTube.
Some people even let their friends pop their massive pimples for them. It, of course, ends with the massive pimple spraying their friend, and results in what I can only assume is the end of a friendship.
Is this what everyone's blackhead and whitehead removal looks like up close? Or is this truly how slugs are born?
I suppose I can take solace in the fact if you've made it this far, you also can't stop watching these oils being extracted from a person's face.
We are freaks together.
But why do we like watching this type of thing so much?
Daniel Kelly, an assistant professor of philosophy at Purdue University and author of "Yuck!: The Nature and Moral Significance of Disgust," told Cosmopolitan why we might enjoy these gross-out videos.
It's the same kind of thrill people get from, say, riding a roller coaster or bungee jumping — it activates the experience the typically comes with a real kind of danger while actually being protected from the harmful effects typically associated with those situations. 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.
So, really, we are all just thrill-seekers -- that makes us sound much more normal than "pimple-poppin' junkies."