It's been a big year dermatologist Dr. Pimple Popper (also known by her real name, Dr Sandra Lee). She starred in her own TV show (which was renewed for a second season before the first one even finished),
partnered with a toy company on a pimple-popping board game, and released a pop-filled holiday TV special.All the while, she continued to update her YouTube channel with pimple popping videos for her ever-growing base of subscribers. (Current count: More than 4.5 million.)
In 2018, Lee released some truly memorable videos featuring cysts, blackheads, and other pop-able skin growths that appear in the body's largest organ.
Here, in no particular order, are some the best Dr. Pimple Popper videos of the year.
What's better than a blackhead extraction? A giant blackhead extraction.
This pop was one of the first Lee posted in 2018, and it's still among her most-watched of the year, with more than 8 million views to date. It features a dilated pore of Winer - what is essentially a giant blackhead clogging a single, super-stretched-out pore. Skip ahead to the one-minute mark for the first big squeeze.
In a video from February, Lee deals with a skin issue not common on her channel: a cyst that's angry, red, and inflamed.
Rather than outright removing the cyst, Lee instead opts for an "incision and drainage" procedure, in which she cuts the skin and drains what's inside the bump. This helps to reduce the risk of dangerous infection in the inflamed cyst, Lee explains on YouTube, but it also makes for a truly fascinating pop. When the cyst contents really start flowing, they come out in one long, almost square-shaped tube, thanks to the shape of Lee's cut in the skin. It's almost surreal.
This is a pop that unfolds slowly, the kind of saga you can curl up and watch with some popcorn (if you're into that sort of thing). Or, if you're impatient, skip ahead to the 4:50 mark.
This video from June starts with Lee popping some ordinary blackheads on a patient's nose. Then, the patient reveals that she has another blackhead - a giant one - hiding behind her ear. No wonder Lee titled this video "never-ending blackhead surprises."
The blackhead itself is everything fans dream of: It's way bigger than it seems from the surface and it comes out in one solid clump. In fact, when Lee posted a snippet of the video on Instagram, one commenter described the blackhead as "next-level." Watch it starting at the four-minute mark below:
In this video from February, Lee slices open and squeezes out an epidermoid cyst - a typically harmless growth made of dead, wet skin cells trapped in a confined space below the skin. Often, this cyst's contents look a lot like cottage cheese. This one happens to resemble oatmeal.
Every once in a while, Lee treats a patient who's also a pimple popping fan. In this video from June, she treats one such patient - and even lets him don a pair of gloves to squeeze his own steatocystoma. (That's a cyst that contains primarily skin oil, or sebum.)
During the procedure, the patient is also Facetiming with loved ones at home who react to the pop in real time. Turn the volume up for the full effect.
With more than 5 million views as of this writing, this video is from January is among Dr. Pimple Popper's most popular of 2018. It features calcinosis cutis - the scientific name for calcium deposits in the skin that manifest as small, covered bumps. The patient in this video happens to have hundreds of them, all located on his scrotum.
The bumps are painless and benign, according to a paper published in 2017 in the Journal of Medical Case Reports. But Lee's video reminds viewers that even technically harmless growths can have very real, very negative impacts on a patient's life. Lee recently told INSIDER that she deliberately tries to send this message in her videos.
Watch her squeeze and remove the bumps below, and you'll see exactly why she called this patient "extremely brave."
The food metaphors continue with this stellar cyst-pop, first posted to YouTube in July. Fair warning: There's a lot of blood before the big payoff, when Lee squeezes the growth and the contents come out in one flat, long ribbon. ("It's almost like a lasagna noodle," Lee remarks during the video.)
Watch the whole thing if you can stomach the bleeding, or skip to 8:19 for the actual pop.
This video, also uploaded in November, shows a cyst that's so pressurised it squirts some of its contents onto Lee's scrubs as soon as she gives it a gentle squeeze. The eruption itself happens at the 1:48 mark. Don't worry if you blink and miss it: There's a slow-motion replay afterward.
Then, skip ahead to the 3:25 mark to watch Lee gently tug out the surprisingly massive cyst sac. You'll see why one YouTube commenter called the entire saga "gleefully repulsive."
Lipomas - benign overgrowths of fat cells - typically aren't the most popular pops on Lee's YouTube channel. But sometimes a lipoma is so unique that it merits special attention.
This removal video, posted in June, features 20-year-old lipoma on a man's back. Start watching around the 15-minute mark to see Lee painstakingly tug and tease and snip away at the growth until it comes out as one massive lump of fat. Later, once the patient is stitched up, the removed lipoma weighs in at more than 0.6kg.
Finally, here's a video posted to Lee's channel all the way back in the first week of January. With 10 million views as of this writing, it's currently her most-watched popping video of 2018.
In it, Lee compares two different tools for blackhead removal: tweezers and her traditional comedone extractor. There are so many excellent close-ups of blackheads shooting out of their pores that it's impossible to pick a highlight moment. All eight minutes are well worth watching.
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