A viral video with more than 2 million views shows the self-proclaimed "Dr. Pimple Popper" removing a giant blackhead during a doctor's appointment (video below).
Dr. Sandra Lee of Skin Physicians and Surgeons in Upland, California, released the video on her YouTube channel. According to the description on her YouTube About page, her goal is to provide her hundreds of thousands of subscribers with a "window into [her] world" as a dermatologist. Along with discussing various skin, hair and nail disorders, Lee provides advice with anything related to the medical specialty of dermatology.
While treating an elderly woman for skin cancer on her left ear, the woman's daughter brought the large disk-shaped projection to Lee's attention. “I can’t believe it never caught my eye in the moments that I spent with her the week prior,” Lee wrote in the video's description. This dark spot had been present next to the woman's eye for years, and she was concerned this disk was cancerous.
"As you know, this is just a giant comedone, not life-threatening, and no medically necessary to remove," Lee explained in the description of the video. Comedone, the plural of "comedo," the primary sign of acne. Inflamed papules and pustules, more commonly known as pimples, generally are present with comedones, known as whiteheads and blackheads, to create the chronic inflammatory condition known as acne.
Once the patient's daughter pointed out the large disk, Lee asked the woman if she could film the procedure and made a small incision to remove the mass. Lee makes all her videos herself and offers to clear her patients' skin in return for their permission to uploaded the videos to YouTube.
"She is exactly why I love my job — I get to spend my time getting to know lovely people like she is," Lee wrote.
The doctor enjoyed the elderly's woman vibrant personality, and she says she adores sharing her patients with the world.
"Hopefully you will love the field as much as I do, and even fall in love with some of my fantastic patients that you 'meet' along the way," wrote the dermatologist.