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• In a new Instagram video, Dr. Pimple Popper squeezes a large amount of sebum from a large cyst.
• Cysts typically form when the opening of a sebaceous gland becomes clogged, causing them to fill up with a combination of oil and dead skin cells.
• Often, cysts will go away on their own, but are simple for dermatologists to treat on the spot if they suddenly increase in size.
In her latest Instagram clip, Dr. Pimple Popper—aka, dermatologist and TLC host Dr. Sandra Lee, MD—went back to basics, revealing a closeup of a classic cyst draining procedure. This clip—unlike those posted earlier in the week—doesn’t offer too much in the way of context, opening with Dr. Pimple Popper using her scissors to widen the incision and prepare it to be drained. Then she moves immediately into giving it a tight squeeze. Often, dermatologists will follow this step with a sac removal, which helps prevent the cyst from returning.
Once pinched, what emerges is a thick, almost cookie-dough like discharge, which is likely a form of sebum—a combination of oil and dead skin cells that builds up underneath the blocked gland. (As Dr. Pimple Popper noted yesterday, if your skin is darker, the ‘filling’ inside the cyst will also be darker.) According to the Cleveland Clinic, the substance will usually appear grayish-white and cheese-like (which checks out), and will have a foul smell.
So if nothing else, you might want to be thankful that you’re watching this procedure, well, pretty much anywhere but live in person.
Season 3 of Dr. Pimple Popper is currently airing on TLC on Thursday nights at 9/8 central.