Over the years, millions of us have squirmed in our seats while we’ve watched Dr. Sandra Lee, more commonly known as Dr. Pimple Popper, squeeze out cysts, lipomas, and blackheads the size of coins from hundreds of patients all over the world. And through all of her success, including over three million YouTube subscribers, a show on TLC, and her very own skincare line (SLMD Skincare), she has never lost her desire to educate us on the right and wrong ways to pop a pimple. Keeping to her roots, Dr. Pimple Popper recently spoke with Elle Magazine to remind us all of how we should actually go about our own pimple popping.
Why Can’t We Stop Watching or Popping Pimples
Popping a pimple something that we’ve all done, many of us on more than one occasion, and some of us even multiple times in a single day. Pimples and blackheads come out of nowhere and create unwanted stress in our days. Often impossible to hide, pimples cause blotchy redness, swollen bumps, and whiteheads, and although we’ve all been taught that we shouldn’t touch (let alone squeeze) them, sometimes it’s just too difficult to avoid. Dr. Lee understands this feeling, as she explained to Elle Magazine, the feeling that sometimes you have no choice but to squeeze.
Although the majority of people never experience pimples and blackheads of the size or severity of Dr. Pimple Popper’s patients, everyone can feel some unity in their shared fondness for pimple popping, which to some extent, is why so many people cannot stop watching her videos. And while we all think we have our own techniques for dealing with these unwanted guests, Dr. Pimple Popper is quick to point out that there is more to popping a pimple than we think.
How to Pop
Through all of her videos and articles, Dr. Lee is always willing to give her audience the correct dos and don’ts of pimple popping, and to many viewers’ dismay, one of the critical elements of popping a pimple is knowing when it is time (and when it is too early). When it comes to your blemishes, waiting until a pimple is close to the surface and already showing a whitehead is the easiest and safest way to deal with it. By being patient, you can rest assured that you will be able to get all of the contents out and won’t be doing extra damage (which could result in scarring, inflammation, or the worsening of the pimple). And once you decide to pop, you need to make sure that you are doing it right. This means cleaning the area (and your hands), applying pressure to the surrounding skin (not squeezing the whitehead itself), and covering the spot afterward to ensure that no bacteria or dirt gets in. Following these steps will provide you with a safer popping routine.
Dr. Sandra Lee is a board-certified Southern-California based dermatologist. To set up a consultation, contact Skin Physicians & Surgeons by calling (909) 981-8929 or by filling out their online contact form.