The Ingrown Hair Videos That Were Too Disgusting for YouTube


“Smooth Aberration” is a Vimeo account managed by an Australian guy who compulsively and meticulously documents the removal of his many ingrown hairs in hundreds of videos that were deemed too horrific by YouTube to remain on the video-hosting site.

Smooth Aberration had gained quite a following with his ingrown hair removal videos before his channel was terminated by YouTube, multiple times, for violating the terms of their “community guidelines.” Yes, they’re gross—and incredibly graphic, thanks to the USB microscope he uses for a camera—but his stuff isn’t any more visually offensive than the “popping” videos that are so popular on YouTube they make up their own genre.

Sick of getting violations and terminations from YouTube, Smooth Aberration finally took his hobby over to Vimeo last year where he’s had the freedom to upload more than 800 videos of microscopic ingrown hair extractions.

According to an AMA he conducted on Reddit, Smooth Aberration has something of a chronic ingrown hair problem, whether he waxes, sugars, shaves, or uses depilatory cream. But now he deliberately shaves his body hair so that more ingrown can form.

“The scarring is not really that bad— barely noticeable,” he says, “Although I can’t see myself doing it for decades and decades.”

As for whether or not he has some kind of “problem,” he says, “I don’t believe I have trichtillomania or dermatillomania. I don’t feel compelled to sit down regularly and pull out hairs, and I don’t do it when I’m not recording them. Usually I will record videos in large sessions each week or each fortnight, sometimes up to 50 of them.”

You can follow his “work,” and keep up to date with what’s going on with his body hair on Facebook.

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