Dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee, best known as Dr. Pimple Popper, has attracted over three million YouTube subscribers with her acne videos. One of her latest uploads, first published on Monday, shows a pilar cyst lodged in a woman’s scalp.
Thanks to Li’s surgical experience and some pain medications, the removal is quick and satisfying. Around the 1:48 mark, the cyst releases a stream of dirt; at 2:30 Lee teases it all like a single sleek light bulb
During the procedure, Lee also strikes up an interesting conversation with a patient who describes a previous attempt to open one of her cysts at home. The woman says that she was squeezing the cyst, and a few days later she noticed “something pointed” sticking out of it – the growth was not completely emptied.
This anecdote is a great reminder that do-it-yourself cyst removal is usually useless—and potentially dangerous.
According to DermNet NZ, an educational website for the New Zealand Dermatological Society, pilar cysts are benign growths commonly found on the scalp. These cysts are sacs in the skin that fill with keratin, the protein that makes up hair and nails, and a cheesy, caustic substance that is released when the cyst is squeezed.