• In a new Instagram video, Dr. Pimple Popper removes several blackheads from a man’s face.
• Blackheads form when follicles become clogged with dead skin and sebum.
• In the video, she uses a comedone extractor to remove them—a tool that makes the process safer than pinching with your fingers.
If only we’d had a dermatologist like Dr. Pimple Popper around when blackheads and pimples struck during our teen years. In her latest Instagram video, Dr. Pimple Popper—aka, board-certified dermatologist and TLC host Dr. Sandra Lee, MD—makes quick work of a large cluster of blackheads located on a man’s face. “Look at all of those along his forehead line here,” she says. “Let’s just clean those up.”
Unlike the average awkward teen, however, Dr. Pimple Popper uses her trusty comedone extractor to safely squeeze the blackheads, which helps reduce the risk of irritation and inflammation. The whole procedure takes just minutes, and the man’s complexion is nearly blackhead-free by the time Dr. Lee is finished her work.
While blackheads are often mistakenly linked to “dirty” skin, the color actually occurs as a result of oxidization, according to MedicalNewsToday. Sebum and dead skin cells plug the pores of the skin, and when exposed to oxygen long enough, they turn dark. Blackheads are also super common, affecting as many as 50 million people in the United States alone, MNT notes. If you’re dealing with them yourself, resist the urge to squeeze and instead look for a gentle cleanser to apply, and simply give it some time.