South Korean ingrown hair videos become online sensation

A woman who posts grizzly videos plucking her own ingrown hairs out becomes an unlikely social media star with more than 102,000 Instagram followers.

Following on from the success of Dr Pimple Popper, Tweezist has fascinated people all over the world with up close footage of her picking fine hairs mainly out of her legs.

Clips include the 35-year-old from Seoul, South Korea – who wishes to remain anonymous – picking at her skin before carefully unfolding the jet-black hairs.

Despite the page only being active since May this year, some of the videos have been watched a staggering 254,000 times.

She has now revealed that there is a medical reason why she suffers so badly from the affliction. 


A woman from South Korea has become an online sensation because of her YouTube channel

Viewers from around the globe enjoy watching the clips from Tweezist

Viewers from around the globe enjoy watching the clips from Tweezist

Tweezist said: ‘I have to pluck my legs three to four times per week so this is nothing new to me.

‘Earlier this year, I bought a USB microscope to help me see them properly and showed my friends.

‘Their reaction was so fun that I decided to start the page. I only did it to prevent infection but now it’s crazy.

‘Sometimes I have to dig out deeper hairs and they can sting a little.’

Tweezist's clips have been watched a staggering 254,000 times

Her Instagram account has 102,000 followers

The unnamed poster says she had a problem with ingrown hairs after wearing a cast for a broken leg as a child


An ingrown hair can occur when the hair follicle becomes clogged with dead skin cells.

Anyone can get ingrown hairs, but they tend to be more of a problem in people with coarse or curly hair. 

They produce raised red spots, which can sometimes become infected and turn into painful, pus-filled sores.

Ingrown hairs can be itchy and embarrassing, but they often go away on their own without doing anything. If possible, you should leave them.

Don’t pick or scratch an ingrown hair as bacteria can enter the small wound created, increasing your risk of infection. It can also cause scarring.

You should also avoid squeezing the spots because it can damage the skin and lead to infection.

If an ingrown hair is near the surface of your skin, you could use a sterile needle or tweezers to gently tease it out. However, don’t dig for the hair if it lies deep below the skin’s surface.

Men who are prone to getting ingrown hairs around their face may find it best to grow out their beard. Longer hairs aren’t as sharp at the ends, so are less likely to become ingrown.

Source: NHS Choices 

What has become a social phenomenon has actually grown from a necessity in the South Korean’s life, after she broke her leg at age nine.

She said: ‘I had to wear a cast for two and half months.

‘After it was removed off there was just a dirty hair jungle left.

‘I started shaving with dad’s disposal razor but had no idea how to look after the skin.

‘That’s why I now have a lot of ingrown hairs.

‘You have to sanitise before and after plucking, wiping the tools with rubbing alcohol as much as you can.’

Our love of gross clips 

Dr Pimple Popper, also known as dermatologist Dr Sandra Lee, has become a viral sensation with videos of her surgical procedures in removing huge pimples and cysts from patients. 

And MailOnline recently reported on a squeamish video of a man who underwent a surgical procedure to force his eyeball to move about in its socket.

Doctors in Brazil carried the procedure out to test his eye movements after the man, who remained unidentified, suffered a nasty fall. 

In another, ophthalmologist Dr Arteaga Sánchez struggles to remove a ball of pus from an eyeball. 

The unnamed patient, believed to be male and from Madrid, is thought to have been suffering from a ‘fat pad’, or pinguecula, in his eye.