Even before the spa staffer gets to work, large dark dots are plain to see in the client’s inner ear. They look like blackheads but far bigger and more deeply ingrained than the average crop. In fact, the video is called Giant Ear Acne in Chinese script. The unpalatable video lasts for almost nine minutes, which – unbelievably – is also how long it takes for the technician to dig the dirt out of just one of the pores.
However, the eight-minute and 39-second video has gone super viral, racking up almost ten million views. It also made instant waves on social media sites such as Reddit, and women’s beauty magazine Allure proved it had its ear to the ground when it highlighted the clip on August 4. Digital beauty writer Devon Abelman wrote, “My face wrinkled up so much while watching that video that I’m afraid I created creases so deep that even Botox wouldn’t be able to iron it out.”
The video was also featured on medical magazine TV show The Doctors in November 2017. One of the five hosts of the episode, Dr. Travis Lane Stork, works in an emergency room. So it can be safely imagined that he must have seen some grizzly sights in his time. Nevertheless, Dr. Stork introduces the item by warning, “Now, this video is gross.” Members of the studio audience are then shown reacting to the clip with the same kind of shock and revulsion as Abelman.