Of all the guilty pleasures, popping pimples must surely be one of the most oddly satisfying. But, as anyone who’s ever had a spot knows very well, it’s almost impossible to resist the urge to squeeze the odd pus-filled pimple when it’s turned into a mini volcano on your face. We kind of know we shouldn’t, but we find ourselves doing it anyway.
In fact, squeezing spots is so satisfying and holds such a fascination for people that there’s a whole niche on YouTube dedicated to videos of people popping giant pimples and pustules. (Don’t Google it unless you have a strong stomach: you’ve been warned.)
But what about when that fascination turns into an addiction, and you find yourself regularly picking at spots that aren’t ready to be squeezed, or even at tiny bumps, blackheads, and perceived flaws in your skin that are so minor no one else would even notice them unless they were pressed up against your face with a magnifying glass? This might be a sign that you suffer from a condition known as “excoriated acne”.