The Cut has a story today on Dr. Sandra Lee, a California dermatologist, who by happenstance, and the sheer weird power of the internet, lucked into an exceptionally popular social media presence. Lee, who now has over 900k followers on her Instagram, found, much to her surprise, that her followers actually enjoyed the videos she uploaded of her performing “extractions.”
“At first, she was wary of posting anything with too much ‘ick factor’ — giant blackheads, say, or explosive cysts — for fear that she would upset the gentle people of the internet. However, her online fans didn’t seem to mind the ick; in fact, many of them relished it,” Robert Moor writes.
One of the first films she posted to YouTube was of an octogenarian man with a swollen, misshapen nose (the result of a condition called rhinophyma). As Lee was inspecting him, she noted that his nose practically bristled with blackheads. She made him a proposition. If he allowed her to squeeze the blackheads from his nose and film it, she would perform the procedure for free. He agreed. To protect his anonymity, she referred to him only as “Mr. Wilson,” after his resemblance to Walter Matthau’s character in the film Dennis the Menace. That video — the first installment of what would become a series — shows her careful hands pressing a tiny metal loop, called an extractor, into the surface of the man’s nose. With each stroke of the extractor, a long tendril of whitish-gray sebum would burst forth. Sometimes multiple strings would appear simultaneously, like Parmesan cheese run through a rasp. “So gross but I can’t look away,” remarked one commenter. “I thought I was the only one who liked watching this!” wrote another. The video has since been viewed nearly 7 million times.
I’m definitely not going to look at many of these for more than the bare minimum amount of time required to post them, but your unique desires may vary. Please enjoy. Read the rest of the story here.
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Actually, screw it, that’s all I can stomach. Go find the rest here, I’m not looking at any more.