Even if we don’t like to admit it, there’s something oddly satisfying about popping pimples.
Is it gross?
Yes, of course.
Is it something you might be too mortified to admit enjoying?
But there’s a reason those zit popping videos do so well on YouTube!
Of course, you’re not supposed to pick at or pop your pimples when they appear.
That’s usually a fast track to getting a scar if you’re not doing it properly – and the proper way is much less satisfying.
Still, getting rid of zits the way your fingers might be itching to is just plain bad for your skin is so many ways.
But there’s a reason behind our strange fascination with them.
Dr. Sandra Lee, who is known as Dr. Pimple Popper on YouTube and has amassed a huge following of millions of people who watch her pop all sorts of zits, spots, cysts and the like.
According to her, she thinks people enjoy watching it because it helps to ease compulsions to do it to their own pimples.
(And with her specialty, she’s practically an expert on the subject!)
Dr. Lee also reckons that this seemingly gross topic can actually make a lot of people happy, decreasing levels of anxiety and just being quite relaxing in general.
Since these things aren’t “supposed” to be on your skin, getting rid of pimples can be very satisfying, and watching videos of it being done to other people gives all of that relief without the danger to your own skin.
If you think Dr. Lee’s odd job isn’t something that could be taken beyond the virtual online world, think again.
TLC was so incredibly fascinated by her channel and content that they actually provided her with her own show on the TLC network.
But that’s not all!
Not only is Dr. Lee now a proper television star, but she’s also released a real-life game that people can buy and play!
Made in collaboration with Spin Master, an entertainment company, Dr. Lee’s creation is known as Pimple Pete.
He is a little brown-haired, blue-eyed boy whose face is full of pimples that need to be pulled out.
Each zit must be removed carefully to avoid bursting a bright red mega-zit located in the middle of his nose.
Players who accidentally cause it to burst are sprayed with water and lose all their points from that round.
Some pimples are much more difficult to remove or pull out than others, but those come with lots more points.
A spinner at the base of Pete’s face is given a whirl to determine where on Pete’s face a pimple must be pulled by each player.
There’s no way to tell how difficult the pimple will be to remove from the front, and once you choose a zit to tug at, you can’t change it!
Essentially, it’s sort of a strategy game – albeit a rather unconventional one – that challenges you to remove items from Pete’s face as accurately as possible.
The game is designed for children aged five and up and is perfect for those who love gross things!