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Dr. Pimple Popper Relieves Nation's Election Anxiety With Satisfying Pop Videos

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By Emily Reily

The nation is teetering on the brink of an undecided presidential election, and some are finding solace in Dr. Pimple Popper's "pop-a-rific" videos. 

Now that the race for the White House has slowed to an agonizing crawl, Americans are really seeking relief.

Dr. Pimple Popper, otherwise known as Sandra Lee, has tapped into what some of us really like to watch -- eye-popping videos of cysts, zits and other skin conditions made famous by Lee's show of the same name. 

Relax With These Disgusting Videos

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Lee has put a bunch of videos on her Instagram of cysts rupturing and pimples popping, and she's adding little notes like “midday pop relief for lunch,” and "squeezes from Momma Squishy!”

“A pop you can just chill to,” she captioned under another video of a blackhead getting squashed. Lee adds some relaxing music to help set the mood, as pus gets pushed out of the pimple. Delicious.

Just Popping By

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There's no doubt Lee's show is hugely popular with some and repulsive to others -- it's unclear why it's such a polarizing subject, but you either love it or you hate it. 

@BLashay95 tweeted: "Hi I’m back from an hour-long Dr. Pimple Popper deep dive, and @Aftyn10 wrote: "Gonna get lost in some dr pimple popper videos tonight." But @snowballthecato had the opposite reaction: "My mums watching dr pimple popper and I feel physically sick."

Delivering The Goods For Pimple Fans

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Dr. Amy Wechsler spoke with Today about the reason why some people just find watching a zit get popped so satisfying.

“There are so many people out there who like to pop their own pimples — they’re usually smaller than the ones that are on these videos — and they get satisfaction out of seeing something come out from the body that they feel like doesn’t belong,” Wechsler said.

Maybe it's akin to cleaning house, or going to the spa to get those callouses off your feet. Out with the old and in with the new.

Snap Crackle Pop

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Wechsler adds that “There’s a good number of people who think that is the coolest thing ever… and they’re excited by things that are a little bit gross. Those might be the same people who like horror movies.”

Perhaps the presidential election -- a tight race between incumbent Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden -- is symbolic of the nation's need to offload years of stress.

Before the polls closed on Tuesday, Lee sent out a reminder: “Just POPPING in to remind you to #VOTE if you haven’t already!” 

“Who loves a good post-pop?” she asked.

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