dr. Pimple Popper, aka Dr. Sandra Lee, is a dermatologist, TV star and social media sensation known for her tough stomach at horrific procedures to alleviate patients’ skin problems.
The 50-year-old has made a name for herself with her gruesome pimple-popping videos, which have racked up more than four million followers on Instagram.
Here she talks to Femail from her LA headquarters, about what gives her the “heebie-jeebies.”
Squeezing a horn-shaped plantar wart from a patient’s scalp and being sprayed with an exploding soil cyst doesn’t deter her. But vomit, diarrhea and toenail fungus do.
Dr Pimple Popper star Sandra Lee (pictured) told Femail from her LA headquarters how cysts, pus and verrucas don’t phase her, while vomit, diarrhea and toenail fungus make her writhe
The world’s most famous dermatologist — known for her pus-filled videos that have gone viral — has revealed what she can’t tolerate, and you may be surprised.
As for someone who spends her life extracting everything from four-inch blackheads to grapefruit-sized neck cysts, it’s surprisingly something far less horrific that’s bothering her.
dr. Sandra Lee, known to her millions of fans worldwide as Dr. Pimple Popper, is used to getting up close and personal with her patients; procedures that can often lead to her being sprayed by a waterfall of pus into the abyss.
As disgusting as it may seem, it’s in fact a common form of bodily fluid that worries her: vomiting. That, along with diarrhea, and the flaky skin of the toes!
dr. Sandra Lee, known as Dr. Pimple Popper, is used to getting up close and personal with her patients. She is pictured treating a patient on an episode of her TLC show
“My videos are there to entertain people, whether that means being squeamish about looking at an eruptive hair cyst or an infected lesion.
“Ultimately, it’s my job to show and I would never want to embarrass my patients by gushing over their skin condition or making them feel uncomfortable. My reputation is at stake.’
When asked by Femail what actually makes her grin, it’s not something that’s featured on her hit reality TV show. For the queen of the spots gets a taste of her own medicine, admitting that being sick and diarrhea gives her the “heebie-jeebies.”
“I am often asked if there is something that is just too vulgar for me to do and my answer is always no,” she tells Femail.
“However, there are certain things that make me nauseous and I also have a thing for fungus on toes, I mean that’s something I literally can’t bear.
“My husband is a dermatologist and he removes toenails – I could never do that, it’s barbaric.”
To someone who recently posted a video showing her successful attempt to remove a wart-like growth from someone’s head, I tell her the thought of it – let alone look at it, I get excited to to vomit.
The dermatologist says she can never show ‘negative reaction patients’, stressing that it is crucial to ‘gain their respect and trust’
“Look, the reality TV show loves to get the crazy stories out — it’s a guilty pleasure for a lot of my fans.”
When it comes to extractions, I ask Dr. Lee—who often refers to the “oatmeal puss”—the consistency of the material being removed from growths—if she has a strong gag reflex. Surely the stench of a 50-year-old blackhead covered in decades of pus must make her stomach turn?
‘Cysts, boils, lypomas, people come to me with all kinds of things. I always wear gloves and a splash mask and I can never give a negative reaction to my patients, it is so crucial for me to gain their respect and trust.
“Obviously, if something is infected it can smell bad, but my staff and I never know what to say because my patients come to me in a very vulnerable condition.”
In grim scenes not for the faint of heart, Dr. Lee me about such a case that we can expect in a future episode of her TV show.
dr. Lee, photographed in New York last year, says she’s often asked if there’s anything too vulgar for her to do and her “answer is always no.”
“This man has come to me with what looks like something called rhinophyma, a condition of the nose that changes shape.
“It’s like he’s got two huge grapefruits on his nose that’s built up just decades from the thickening of the skin. After they were removed, which is quite an operation, a huge ball of oil came out, in fact it looked like a Yorkshire pudding.’
I go on to tell her that she kept me from my lunch.
In fact, if we meet soon for a meal – Dr. Lee will be visiting the UK when travel is allowed as part of her UK skincare launch – I joke that a roast is definitely not on the menu!
“Okay, it actually looked like an overcooked baked potato,” she joked, and I suggest we stick to a glass of water instead—which, in addition to a good skincare routine, she swears by.
On that note — pimple porn aside — one of Dr. Lee to educate people about skin care. In fact, her own curated skincare line SLMD is already a bestseller in the United States — and is about to launch in the UK next week.
Consisting of everything to starve acne, including salicylic acid cleanser, a skin hydration booster, and retinol serum, it’s totally spot on.
Sandra Lee, MD – better known as Dr. Pimple Popper – internet sensation and pop culture’s favorite dermatologist and skincare expert, is launching her skincare range on June 14 in the UK. SLMDSkincare.co.uk