Dr. Sandra Lee — better known for her onscreen moniker and hit TLC show Dr. Pimple Popper — is notoriously private about her personal life. The reason is pretty simple: she never intended to turn her dermatology practice into a life of fame in the public eye.
Ten years ago, in 2014, she was just a normal person posting about her day-to-day life on social media. Except her day-to-day involved lengthy extractions of overgrown cysts, pimples, and blackheads. And before long, the whole internet wanted in.
"Pretty early on, I happened to post a blackhead extraction," she said in an exclusive interview with Distractify. "I got a noticeable increase in attention. People were tagging their friends and making comments that they liked it, so I did it again and it happened again. I decided to post a full video on YouTube, and when I did that, there were other videos, and I was like, 'Who are these people?'"
Dr. Pimple Popper quickly rose the ranks and became the trusted source for oddly satisfying popping videos. Within a few short years, her videos started generating a ton of money and the dermatologist became a household name.
So, does Dr. Pimple Popper have any kids?
Even though little is known about the person who performs all of our guilty pleasure popping videos, we were able to get her to open up (a little!) about her life behind the scenes. She works alongside her husband, Dr. Jeffrey Rebish at the couple's private practice, Skin Physicians and Surgeons.
And the couple have two Irish-twin teenage sons, 13 and 14. "One of them doesn't watch the show at all," Dr. Pimple Popper told Distractify exclusively. "The other one will watch it and put up with it. [He'll] tell me when there's a reaction video or some other video about me on YouTube because he kind of monitors it every now and then."
"My older kid is like, 'I can't look at this stuff'," she continues, "and I understand, it's OK, I respect that." If anything, it sounds like Dr. Pimple Popper's kids keep her grounded more than anything.
"I once said to them, 'You know, your mom's a YouTuber'," she went on to say. "They were like, 'Mom, you're not a YouTuber. You're not. Please don't even say that.'"
Follow the pimple popping mom on Instagram.
If there's one thing we do know about Dr. Pimple Popper's personal life, it's that she and her whole family rep their hometown of Los Angeles in football — hard. "💙💛💙💛Just Ram it," she recently captioned an image of her husband and sons donning Eric Dickerson, Todd Gurley, and Jared Goff jerseys.
Follow her and her many outings and antics (seriously, she visits incredible restaurants in LA, for any foodies looking to build their must-try lists) on Instagram at @drsandralee. She also has a new book out, and a relatively new board game.
And definitely don't sleep on her TLC show, Dr. Pimple Popper, now in its third season. New episodes air on Thursdays at 9 p.m. EST.