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Dr. Pimple Popper Teaches Us How to Pop

When Dr. Pimple Popper stopped by the Dr. Oz show back in January, she shared the most important dos and don’ts when it comes to popping pimples.

Even though Dr. Sandra Lee stresses the importance of NOT popping your pimples, she understands that sometimes the nagging desire to get it out of there is simply too strong. 


When you do find that popping is your only option, it is essential to follow the right protocol.

Understanding Pimples

Pimples are a frustration that everyone experiences whether you are a teenage boy or a woman in her fifties.

Acne is caused by chronic inflammation of the hair follicles. When dirt and bacteria get in, acne develops, and you are left dealing with the hardship of trying not to pick at your skin.

Pimples are the body’s way of trying to rid itself of the pus and bacteria that is trapped beneath the skin. Sometimes, it is not a bad idea to help the body along. 


Acne has many causes, and, unfortunately, not all of them are in your control. Three of the most common reasons to develop acne are hormone fluctuation, genetics, and diet.

While you can monitor your diet, there’s not much you can do about hormones and genetics. 

Cleansers and acne treatments are one way to attempt prevention, but they are not always effective in stopping every blemish from forming.

A pop might be the only answer when a pimple still develops after taking all the preventative steps.

Pimple Popping the Right Way

The most important thing to remember when popping a pimple is patience and preparation.

You cannot simply pop a pimple when you are sitting at your desk or stopped at a street light. If you try to pop a pimple too early—before the whitehead forms—you can cause further bleeding, infection, and scarring.

Once the whitehead forms, the pimple is close to the surface and much easier to get rid of. 

Here are Dr. Lee’s official pimple-popping steps:

  1. To start, you should always wear gloves when popping a pimple. If this isn’t possible, you must instead wash your hands. You risk agitating the pimple even more by introducing bacteria from your hands.
  2. Clean the skin surrounding the pimple. Sterilizing the area will help ensure that no additional bacteria gets into the open pores. Often, popping your pimples is easier and safer if it is done right after a shower when the pores are open, and the skin is the softest. 
  3. Pressure must be applied evenly around the pimple. This is true whether you are using Dr. Pimple Popper’s Comedone Extractor or your fingers.
  4. Clean up after the pop. Once the pus (or blackhead) is out, clean the area with alcohol or an acne spot treatment, such as the BP Spot Treatment. It is always wise to put a band-aid over the spot so you can mentally and physically leave it alone.

Ready for More?

If you cannot get enough of Dr. Pimple Popper, check out her book Put Your Best Face Forward, available online and at most major retailers, and watch new episodes of Dr. Pimple Popper every Thursday at 9:00 pm on TLC.

You can catch up on all episodes now on Hulu!


Dr. Sandra Lee is a board-certified dermatologist. For more information regarding how Dr. Lee can help you, please contact our office by calling 909.981.8929 or by filling out our online contact form

Skincare, Books, Games, and Season 3: What’s New from Dr. Pimple Popper?

When Dr. Sandra Lee, more commonly known as Dr. Pimple Popper, visited the Today Show on January 8, 2019, she brought with her some tips and skincare myths as well as a brand-new game that allows everyone the ability to pop a pimple.


Dr. Pimple Popper has been making headlines since releasing her first blackhead extraction video in 2014. Since then, her YouTube and Instagram videos have been viewed over three billion times, and she has collected millions of social media followers.

Education Is Her Main Focus

Although many people tune into Dr. Pimple Popper’s videos for their oddly satisfying charm, there is no denying that education is the main focus. Dr. Lee began releasing extraction videos to give the public an in-depth look at the correct way to take care of your skin and the growths and blackheads that everyone experiences. Through her videos and media appearances, Dr. Lee has been able to showcase proper techniques, normalize skin concerns that previously caused shame, and debunk some of the most common acne myths.

During her appearance on the Today Show, Dr. Lee continued this tradition by educating the public as well as bringing a little fun to the table. Through a round of Pimple Pete, Dr. Lee’s game that gives everyone the chance to extract a gnarly pimple (under the pressure of potentially getting squirted), Dr. Lee continued to shed light on dermatological issues that are faced by many. Dr. Lee explained that common myths about acne, such as chocolate and greasy foods causing breakouts, are false—unless you decide to smear the grease directly onto your pores—and the more dangerous foods are those that contain hormones, such as milk and other dairy. She also gave tips on the correct time to pop a pimple or extract a blackhead, which is after a shower when the skin is clean and the pores are open. She also stressed the importance of never sleeping in your makeup.

Dr. Lee’s videos, shows, and games may be entertaining, but most importantly, they are informational tutorials that allow you to take proper care of your skin.

Stay Informed and Treat Your Skin Right

In December, Dr. Lee released her book Put Your Best Face Forward: The Ultimate Guide to Skincare from Acne to Anti-Aging, an entertaining and enlightening look at proper skincare for all ages. Dr. Lee wrote this book to appeal to both her “popaholic” fans and those who are interested in learning more about achieving a healthy and youthful complexion.

To help with that, Dr. Lee offers a line of skincare products, SLMD Skincare, which provides products ranging from acne spot treatments to anti-aging creams and serums.

Round Three is Coming!

Attention Popaholics: Don’t miss Season 3 of Dr. Pimple Popper, Thursdays at 9pm on TLC, where Dr. Lee will face some of her most extensive and unusual pops yet!

Want to “pop” till you drop? All episodes of Dr. Pimple Popper are now streaming on Hulu!


Dr. Sandra Lee is a board-certified dermatologist in Southern California. For more information on how Dr. Lee can help you with your skin concerns, please contact our office by calling 909.981.8929 or by filling out our online contact form.

Dr. Pimple Popper Shares Her “Popping” Techniques With Elle Magazine

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.

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