For some people, squeezing pimples is totally normal, because we can't leave 'em alone. And when we're not zapping our own zits we're hypnotized by others tackling theirs —there are even YouTube channels dedicated to sharing it. So what's the obsession?
Dermatologist Sandra Lee (a.k.a. Dr Pimple Popper) has likened the experience to a "cerebral orgasm," while Nicole Karcinski, a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner explains the innate satisfaction could be hormone-related.
Speaking to a writer at Racked, she said that pimple squeezing brings on the "feel-good hormone," dopamine.
"Releasing dopamine is what is truly the neurobiological basis of habit," Nicole explains, "We do it, we feel good," she says.
So it's like a drug? Kinda.
Our obsession is not to be mistaken for dermatillomania, though, a condition where a person feels compelled to pick at their skin, to the point where it causes visible wounds.
The NHS classifies this is as an actual psychological condition, "an impulse-control disorder"—and those who are worried should see their doctors.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.