Even though pretty much every single dermatologist and skincare expert on the planet says that you shouldn't pick at your zits, literally everyone does. Everyone! It's just a fact of life.
But of course, it's Women's Health's duty to remind you that zit popping can do some serious damage to your skin, especially if you don't do it the right way. We're talking infections, scarring, dark spots...you catch our drift.
Yes. Buzzkill alert. But here’s the deal: “Popping anything causes your skin to physically break apart, making it more susceptible to infection and an even bigger problem than what was originally there in the first place,” says Dendy Engelman, MD, board-certified dermatologist at Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery in New York City.
So you’ve got two options when it comes to zit popping. Option one: You can let the life of your blackhead, whitehead, or cyst (a bump that should literally never be popped under any circumstance) play out naturally. In most cases, your body will heal itself and you won’t be left with scars or intense dark marks. Option two: You can seek the help of a skincare professional (either an esthetician or dermatologist) to do the dirty work for you. Trust me, they’re well trained for the job and your skin will be better for it.
If you’re feeling the urge to pick, pop, and prod your delicate skin, here’s an idea for you… Enjoy these so-nasty-you-can't-look-away pimple popping videos that Women's Health has unscientifically ranked for your viewing pleasure instead. They will scratch your zit-popping itch without sacrificing your glow-y skin. Watching these videos is almost as good as doing it yourself.
25. The super juicy one
Beware! When you watch this video, you're *definitely* going to be in the splash zone. That said, if you like a good, explosive pop, this cheek-cyst removal is going to absolutely make your day!
24. The one that goes deep
While this blackhead looks "non-intimidating," Dr. Pimple Popper's fans can't help but commenting on how deep it is as the dermatologist goes to town with her comedone extractor tool.
23. The one with the beard pimples
Beard! Pimples! This video has ingrown hairs galore. The best part? They're all on one person's beard, and they comprise of super long hairs as well as shaved down, shorter ingrown plucks. Please enjoy all the glorious, veeery satisfying pops this video has to offer.
22. The 'let me get those' kind of blackheads
Dr. Pimple Popper is at it again with a cluster of 'let me get those' li'l blackheads. Sure, these little seeds look super small, but once she takes her tools to the pores you'll see that there's a lot of ~stuff~ hiding underneath the surface.
21. The one with three different pops
These blackheads are pretty graphic. If you've got a strong stomach and a love for super intense popping vids, you're going to love this face-focused extraction from the one and only Dr. Pimple Popper.
20. The one with the oozing
A steady stream of curdled up grime oozes out of these bumps that is equal parts satisfying yet absolutely gnarly to watch. The heavy squeezing is a necessary evil to unearth the congested pores, but it's the amount of puss that is being unearthed that made me shiver. I only wish it were a longer video.
19. The one with the enthusiastic firefighter
A retired firefighter gets the Dr. Pimple Popper treatment in this ridiculously satisfying video of her extracting a sea of blackheads concentrated on his forehead. The patient was so delighted to have his heavily congested pores purged that he joked he would do a handstand before the zit popping began.
18. The ultra-satisfying slow-motion video
Don't let the soothing spa music fool you. This zoomed-in clip shows every bit of grime and gunk—that resembles cottage cheese—exploding in slow-motion from a cyst. Sorry in advance if this also ruins cottage cheese for you.
17. The one so colossal the doctor needs scissors
Dr. Pimple Popper encounters a massive whitehead on a patient that is so large that she dubbed it "an eye on the chest!" The "eye" was so gigantic the doctor needed a pair of scissors and tweezers to extract the whitehead fully, and we could not look away.
16. The one that's "shooting out like a volcano" from her underarm
Ingrown hair is a pain, especially when a cluster of them result in clogged pores in a client's underarms. After esthetician Jada Kennedy squeezes out the extra-long pus from her client's underarm, even she is in shock when an ingrown hair also pops out with the oil and dirt trapped under the skin.
15. The one featuring the biggest blackhead I've ever seen
Apparently this is a dilated pore, and damn it's a doozy watching it get popped.
14. The one that shows you exactly how pore strips work
That close-up is disgusting, but mesmerizing. Thanks for being here for me and my T-zone, pore strips.
13. The one that doesn't even look like a pimple
I have no words for this one. I apologize in advance.
12. The explosive knee zit
I never knew knee pimples were a thing and now I can't un-know it or un-see this video.
11. The inner-ear blackhead
How do blackheads inside the ear even happen? This is deeply upsetting.
10. The one that never ends
Where does all this gunk come from? How does it even fit in your pore? Please make it stop!
9. The epic blackhead cluster
It's like a constellation...of blackheads. And damn, it is glorious when they all come out.
8. The one where ALL of the blackheads come out
OMG I wish I could do this to my nose. DAMN!
7. The one that horrifies literally everyone involved
Tag yourself, I'm the woman screaming with disgust in the background of this video.
6. The one that feels like a war crime
Talk about a splash zone! Good thing no one else was standing there.
5. The juicy whitehead
Some things in life just need a little bit of a push. That includes this totally "stuffed" whitehead.
4. The blackhead that is literally as big as a nipple
No, it's not a third nipple. It's a pimple. Yup. Good luck sleeping tonight.
3. The spitter
Yeah, I think I might need a break from dairy for awhile. That's on me.
2. The inflamed blackhead
This is the most-watched video on Dr. Pimple Popper's page (75 million views!) and it is a wild ride. Probably don't want to eat lunch before viewing.
1. The one that looks like cheese
I'm so sorry, everyone. Truly.
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