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Professionals Reveal The Grossest Skin Things They've Ever Seen

Updated December 19, 2018 746.3k views17 items
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People like dermatologists, hairdressers, beauticians, and more get paid to work with the human body, meaning they come in contact with some gross skin conditions. As you might expect, they see it all - gross pimples, huge cysts, and stuff you can't even imagine. And thanks to morbid curiosity, Reddit asked these professionals about their medical horror stories, all equally riveting and repulsive in their own, flaky, slimy, disgusting ways. Dermatologists revealing the grossest things they've seen may inspire you to keep you own body in check, for some awful dermatological diseases exist out there. Your skin, like any other organ, needs to be kept healthy for you to be in tip-top shape. If you don't do that, your back lesions will be the talk of the spa employees long after your massage ends.

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    Penis Flakes

    From Redditor /u/GamerDame

    Registered nurse here, I have so many but this one story makes everyone throw up in their mouths a little. So I was walking my friend through a male foley catheter insertion on a pretty unwell guy. She's all prepped up and ready with sterile gloves, and its my job to retract the penis foreskin and hold it up. I peel back the foreskin and all this smegma just flakes out, its everywhere, disgusting smelly blobs of the stuff all over the head and underside of his penis.

    We spent about ten minutes cleaning it all off before we could actually count the penis as clean. You could smell it from a foot away. This was a 60+ year old, uncircumcised man with like four adult children who had no idea about cleaning his penis.

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    Pubic Cyst

    From Redditor /u/emilydean

    The very last patient I saw in my internship came in with a cyst in her pubic area. I think to myself "Okay, seen plenty of these. No big deal." I walk in to find a cyst the size of a jawbreaker. It was purple and practically had a face. We had to lance it, so we needed to give local anesthetic. When the syringe touched the cyst, the whole thing blew open with pus. The smell in the room was terrible.

    Upon pushing on it further, the cyst made a sound as it released more pus. It sounded like basketball shoes on a freshly waxed floor.

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    Moldy Hair

    From Redditor /u/CarfaceCarruthers

    Mold in people's hair. Some people do not wash their hair very often, and the problem is when they have a weave and it gets wet, it never fully dries. I washed this girl's hair who hadn't shampooed it in a month. The smell was horrible.

    Also taking out weaves that have been in for a while involves a very specific, bad smell.

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    An Actual Tail

    From Redditor /u/nimblemama:

    Massage Therapist here. So many things. Two months ago one of my clients had a small tail. It was a couples' massage and it was pretty hard to stay mature about it and not want to get in for a closer peek.