“Part of it is fascination,” Lee said. “For some reason, it makes a lot of people feel good.”
Lee also discussed how she’s been using her videos as a way to educate people about skincare. According to her, her YouTube channel helps to spread the gospel of pimple prevention. “It’s a way for me to sort of trick [people] into educating them, to have them learn about their skin,” she said. (For more info on how to adjust your diet to get better skin, check out the Men’s Health Guy Gourmet Cookbook.)
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For the interview, Bean and Lee sat down to watch a few clips, including one popular video of a blackhead extraction. In the video, one of Lee’s patients has something called rhinophyma, or “rhino nose,” a large, red, bumpy nose with enlarged oil glands that can lead to clogged pores and blackheads.
“You never know what you’re going to get when blackheads pop out,” Dr. Pimple Popper says.
Lee’s videos feature several different skin conditions, so there’s plenty to see and learn. In one of them, she popping cysts around the eyes, which resemble “little pearls under the skin,” says Dr. Pimple Popper, and extracting a “dilated pore of winer,” which is a vast blackhead made of “dirt and skin and debris that gets stuck under [the skin].”
These procedures are pretty gross, but if you’re the type of person who derives tremendous satisfaction from gross-out viral videos, they can be wildly entertaining. So there’s no shame in checking out Dr. Pimple Popper for some pimple-popping magic.