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EXCLUSIVE: Meet Dr. Pimple Popper, the World's Most Adored Zit Queen

By Pippa Raga

Ahhh, pimples. The favorite nemeses of any skincare junkie. Pimple popping videos, once reserved only for niche lovers of gross content or the subreddit r/popping, has now made its way to the mainstream — and people are loving it. Just ask a few of your friends next time you see them, and you're guaranteed to find a popaholic in the group.

I have struggled with everything from the offenseless blackhead to the cystic mountains on my back and face, probably since middle school. And while there are countless ointments, serums, oils, lotions, patches and pills that one could take for these skin conditions, some of you will know that the greatest satisfaction that can be derived from a pimple is that exquisite perfect pop.

Pimple popping is an art. It requires the practiced skill of how to gingerly extract the gross contents of your zit so that it won't scar and the ability to discern a prime-time pop from a pustule that hasn't yet come to the surface. And no one pops pimples, cysts, or blackheads better than certified dermatologist Sandra Lee, M.D. — better known affectionately and online as Dr. Pimple Popper.

I recently sat down with the world-renowned dermatologist and talked about how she achieved internet-fame, which acne myths not to follow, and the medical conditions that even her strong stomach couldn't handle.