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"I've just found the best pimple popping tool you could ever buy. Don't pretend you don't want one."

The art of pimple popping has recently exploded into YouTube popularity. But let’s be real, people.

We’ve been doing it in the privacy of our own homes forever.

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Image source: YouTube.

Maybe it's post shower. Maybe it's before you put your makeup on in the morning, or after you remove it at night. Maybe it's after you use bathroom or maybe it's every single time you walk past a goddamn mirror.

We all have our own habits. We all have our preferred squeezing routine.

Whenever I go to the dermatologist I'm faced with a certain phrase: "I see those red marks. You've been squeezing again."

Well of course I bloody well have.

It's one of my hobbies. I'm not proud of it. But it just is.

Listen: The world is split into two types of people: those who love pimple popping, and those who don't. Post continues after audio.

There's a school of thought that squeezing blackheads and whiteheads and pimples and cysts is bad for your skin.

"It scars," they say. "You'll leave a mark."

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Frankly, I do not care.

To anyone fundamentally opposed to 'squeezing', here's what you need to understand:

The therapeutic effect a good squeeze has on my mental wellbeing far outweighs the physical effect it has on my skin.

Anyway.

For any hardcore squeezer, the logical next step after squeezing one's own pimples is to watch someone else squeezing their's.

Enter Dr. Pimple Popper.

Dr. Sandra Lee, AKA Dr. Pimple Popper, has nearly 3 million YouTube subscribers. Professionally trained as a dermatologist, she specialises in cyst and blackhead extractions, filmed for our viewing pleasure.

For any squeezer, her videos are simply heaven.

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Image: Instagram/@drpimplepopper

In each video (particularly her blackhead-related ones), fans will be akin to her weapon of choice: a double-sided extraction tool that makes popping oh-so-effortless.

On one end is a loop, which is placed around blackheads on the skin and pressed firmly to apply even pressure all the way round; as a result, the wiggly-pus-worm jiggles its way out of the skin easily.

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On the other end, a sharp pin, used for creating a head when cysts lie deeper down. This allows pus to ooze to the surface and releases pressure.

Ooze. 

Dr. Pimple Popper fans will be familiar with this tool. It's a thing of blissful dreams.

It's pretty expensive to buy one from her website ($25 plus international shipping). But good news. We've found one closer to home.

Image source: Manicare.

For a cool $8, Manicare have an Australian version. It's hands down my favourite toy.

You'll also have to pay around $8 in domestic shipping.

If you fancy dancing around the shipping fee (no judgement, I know I would), they're also starting to pop up in Priceline pharmacies.

A word for the wise: the pointy end goes blunt if it's ever dropped (and mine is always dropped). From one dropper to another, I suggest stocking up.

I might have bought five.

You can buy one online here, or over-the-counter from some local pharmacies. 

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