Dr. Pimple Popper

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Dr. Pimple Popper AKA Sandra Lee, MD has become quite a celebrity. Maybe you have seen one of her procedures on her YouTube channel. She has built a fan following over the years. Her videos lead to a reality show. Dr. Pimple Popper has written a book and has her own skincare line.

Sandra Lee, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist. She is a member of many dermatology organizations. Her specialties include cosmetic and surgical dermatology.

Maybe it runs in the family. Her husband, also a dermatologist, (how they met) and Dr. Lee took over her father’s practice. The facility is located in Southern California. It’s simply called Skin, Physicians & Surgeons (skinps.com).

Dr. Lee has been a dermatologist in her private practice for more than a decade. Much more than “popping”, the facility specializes in skin cancer (Moh’s surgery), cosmetic surgery, reconstruction and laser surgery.

Images of Dr Sandra Lee Pimple Popper


The Show

I haven’t seen any of her YouTube videos yet. I stumbled upon her show a couple seasons ago. Intrigued, I told my boyfriend to go back (of course he had the remote). Wow, having once been a licensed esthetician and certified coder, I was into this. Right up my alley! I instantly admired her work.

I just find her program so educational. She is compassionate as she approaches her patient, “What are you here for?” And always complimenting them even when their visit may be obvious. She remains kind and considerate.

She gives her diagnoses as it appears on the screen. Then she goes on to explain to the patient what she can do. We have to keep in mind everything has a limit. But it is rare that she can’t help. And she wants to help it seems. Very important.

The procedure is performed in her office after numbing the area, (many eeews from my boyfriend’s chair). I am just amazed and at the edge of my seat taking it all in. Yup, either you’re a “popaholic” or not. And this is how we become a fan. Maybe living the dream through her. Yeah, I kinda miss that. (Not for the squeamish). Course there are other reasons for watching. Dr. Pimple Popper always makes sure she is not hurting the patient.

Patients come to visit her from other states even other countries. Amazing! We hear comments that they have been repeatedly told there is nothing that can be done. This is sad and disappointing to hear. Just feels unacceptable. This just makes me angry, why?


Personal Affect

You can imagine how disappointing that must have been. The patient then may feel more shame, embarrassment and possibly depression. Wondering why a Dr. can’t help.

We know people can be cruel sometimes. Being the subject of stares, talk and maybe even bullying. Being someone who looks different or maybe considered strange looking. (Rosacea, My Face).

It could be unintentional; something different catches our eye without thinking. But for someone say who is very vulnerable it could be noticed in a big way. This may push that person further into their shell. Most conditions are not contagious. This is why we should educate ourselves (skin support groups).

Many of these patients come as a last resort. Of course, these are cosmetic procedures that most health insurance won’t cover. This doesn’t help one’s quality of life when a skin condition is a problem. Being treated different can hurt one’s self-esteem and self-confidence. It would make such a difference to have the skin condition treated.

People can talk about someone, even under their breath when they think they are out of hearing distance. Bullying is not just in schools. It can be at work or even among family members. It doesn’t stop at a certain age.

Dr. Pimple Popper has helped so many patients feel good about their appearance. She has given her time. Services may be offered free or at a discount for appearing on screen, (a welcome relief!) Dr. Pimple Popper airs on the TLC channel.



I was on a trip to Barnes and Noble to search for a book. Didn’t find it. This popped out at me, (sorry for the pun). I had to have it! Put Your Best Face Forward, The Ultimate Guide to Skincare from Acne to Anti-aging @2018.

Dr. Pimple Popper gives details about her fantastic “pops” for us “popaholics” (she has labeled her fans). This is a great reference material about skin by a dermatologist sharing her knowledge and experience.

There are many pics of her patients provided. Appropriate names for chapters like “Thanks for Popping in!” A whole chapter is devoted to acne. Even giving directions on how and what can be “popped”. Important point, sanitary way! (Please, if you must, be sanitary and safe.) We are told when to “pop” and when to stop!

There is also information on skincare types and products. She also gives tips on beauty and procedures.

Dr. Pimple Popper to the rescue once again! Yes, I find her sort of a super hero she helps her patients so much. She restores their self-esteem and self-confidence. This is a big thing!

If you have a skin condition you know what I mean. People only seeing your condition and not the person you are. (I love the commercial for psoriasis, “See Me”).

The thing is, Drs. will actually tell you there is nothing they can do. Meaning most cosmetic procedures (not medically necessary) are not covered (paid) by our health insurance. The Drs. don’t want to spend valuable time if they’re not going to get paid. And we can’t blame them but where does that leave us?

Dr. Lee has turned this into an educational outlet, through her YouTube channel, reality program and this book, (she has another profession she doesn’t take credit for, educator!)

She gives it to us straight. Thou, it may not be what we want to hear, it is the truth. She details the demands put on physicians. Basically, health insurance rules and everything needs to get their ok first. And there are always changes.


Dr. Lee sells her skincare, SLMD, on-line. She has a line of salicylic acid products for acne. The acne line is the best seller. And for all the products you can read reviews good and bad. Glycolic Acid products for Keratosis Pilaris, to smooth and hydrate. There are products to help with dry skin conditions like Psoriasis. (Dr. Lee has Eczema).

And who doesn’t want help with aging skin? With age comes those wrinkles, dark spots and fine lines. Like me, she is all about sun protection, I discovered this too late (Sun Damage, Haunts Me).

If you need guidance as to what items to purchase there is a skin quiz to help. The quiz breaks down your skin needs and what will work for you.



This website is for informational purposes and not for diagnosis.

If you have a health condition or concern, please consult your doctor.


sites of images of Dr. Pimple Popper:

https://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/dr-pimple-popper/ accessed 05/03/2020

https://m.youtube.com/user/DrSandraLee accessed 05/03/2020



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