Why Are Pimple Popping Videos Satisfying?

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You know they’re supposed to be gross, horrifying and revolting — but somehow, you just can't look away. Watching pimple popping videos is a guilty pleasure that millions of people enjoy, including the devoted followers of Dr. Pimple Popper, a.k.a. Dr. Sandra Lee, a board-certified dermatologist with tons of viral videos and a popular television show about — as you might expect — popping pimples and performing other fascinating skin extractions.

At the heart of it, those who tune in to Dr. Lee’s show, along with the myriad other popping videos on YouTube and elsewhere online, get a deep satisfaction out of the pimple popping process. But why do people find this type of content so fascinating? It turns out there are four surprising psychological reasons why so many of us eagerly await our next popping fix.