Extraction Porn

Before you read on, I want you to watch the video below and focus on how it makes you feel. Viewer discretion may or may not be advised:

You either watched the entire thing or five seconds of it.

To those who couldn’t last 10 seconds, it should, in theory, be understandable why. Who in the right mind would want to sit through 15 minutes of goo being pulled out of strangers’ skin. It’s a nasty concept.

Then why does ‘Dr Pimple Popper’, a dermatologist and the protagonist in this gruesome compilation, enjoy the wealth of subscribers and views that she has gained on YouTube?

Regardless of how ugly and awful these videos are, 3 million people have decided to subscribe to her channel to receive these  videos on a regular basis.

So…why?

Unsurprisingly, there are similarly curious minds out there who wonder why “Popaholism”, as our friendly YouTube doctor calls it, or “Extraction Porn” as I prefer it, is such a pop-ular phenomenon, so I’ll be using information I’ve found off some websites I’ll link at the end.

From what I’ve gathered, extraction porn satisfies a couple of human instincts. The first is the instinct of survival. According to philosophy professor and author, Daniel Kelly, the feeling of disgust is something we evolved to keep ourselves safe from dangers or infections.

So it’s actually good for you to be a little grossed out every now and then. It’s a pretty grim world out there, there’s poo and mud and sick and all sorts of fluids sloshing about all over the place, and lots of it can do us harm, so we’ve basically adapted to staying away from it.

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“Disgust is a psychological component to this arsenal of protective weaponry.” Daniel Kelly.

Another reason for extraction porn’s absurd appeal is explained by Nina Strohminger from the University of Michigan, and this surrounds the idea that negative emotions intrigue us.

When we watch something like a pus-filled crevice on a 40 year old man’s back being toyed with, we don’t do it to torture ourselves, quite the opposite.

Strohminger explains that “negative sensations are interesting, particularly when you’re in a context where they can’t hurt you.”

Sat safely behind a screen, it’s easy to witness the explosion of a oily face crater when none of the splashback can touch you, and it’s similar to why people watch horror movies.

I’m a massive fan of the Saw series, but if I ever saw someone’s face torn open in real life, I’d never recover. But I know those movies aren’t real, so I can watch these horrifically intense death scenes and know my own safety isn’t at risk. Dare you?


But despite all this professional, expert opinion, it doesn’t get down to why spot removal specifically is so internally satisfying.

I’m going to admit that I can enjoy some magnificent feelings from watching blackhead removals, I’ve moaned, I’ve clapped, I’ve cheered, I’ve laughed – it’s an all round great experience, but why????

Personally, it’s the sense of success. I enjoy the victory that has been won over these stubborn moles that have burrowed themselves into their victim’s face. It’s a smooth, effortless journey and it’s almost therapeutic.

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The relief it brings to some people is actually enough to send them to sleep, because white noise just isn’t enough.

Maybe there’s a more clear-cut evolutionary reason for it. Generally speaking, foreign objects inside our bodies aren’t usually good for us, take any sword, knife, hatchet, or rusty nail for example. Which side of your skin would you rather they were at?

That would explain why we have these so called *brain orgasms* when shit like acne gets pulled out of us, we’re removing the thing that’s not supposed to be there from our bodies so it can’t do any theoretical harm.

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N.B ‘brain orgasm’ is the crude phrase for ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response)

So why is extraction porn the best? Because we don’t like gross things…except we do like gross things. We like gross things so much that we dislike them. We definitely don’t like things inside our bodies when they shouldn’t be there, and we love victory over these invasive bastards.

So there you go, I guess. Stop feeling guilty for squeezing those nasty spots from your face, it’s basically survival. (Except it’s not, and that’ll only make it worse – stick to Dr Pimple Popper, she’ll sort you out).


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