MEET DR. PIM­PLE POP­PER…

Female (Malaysia) - - BEAUTY BEAT -

...OTH­ER­WISE KNOWN AS DR. SAN­DRA LEE, A DERMATOLOGICAL SUR­GEON WHO SPE­CIALISES IN RE­MOV­ING LUMPS AND CYSTS FROM HER PA­TIENTS’ SKIN. IN CON­JUNC­TION WITH HER RE­CENTLY AIRED SHOW, DR. PIM­PLE POP­PER, EV­ERY MON­DAY ON TLC, SHE TELLS US HOW TO SAFELY TAKE CARE OF A PIM­PLE WHEN YOU’RE POP­PING IT YOUR­SELF AT HOME.

FE­MALE: Re­mov­ing black­heads is some­thing that all of us try to do by our­selves on a daily ba­sis, so what ad­vice will you give to en­sure that safety mea­sures are taken?

Dr. San­dra: “My mantra is know when to pop and know when to stop. I’m go­ing to be like ev­ery der­ma­tol­o­gist who tells you to not pop your pim­ple but I know a lot of you are go­ing to do it any­way and I can’t stop you in the pri­vacy of your home and bath­room, so I feel like it’s my obli­ga­tion to give you the best ad­vice.

There is a spe­cific time in the life of a pim­ple that is best to pop it and that’s when it’s the most su­per­fi­cial; it’s not re­ally a white­head but a pus­tule and there’s a white top to it – that’s the ideal time. If you squeeze it be­fore­hand, it’s just go­ing to make it big­ger, red­der and an­grier. It will cause you pain and be­come more no­tice­able. You’ll want to ap­ply warm com­press on it to make it more su­per­fi­cial. The rea­son that’s the best time to pop it is be­cause the more su­per­fi­cial you trau­ma­tise the skin, the less likely you are of get­ting any kind of scar that is per­ma­nent. The deeper you trau­ma­tise the skin, the more likely will you get a scar.”

F: How do you com­pose your­self when you see a par­tic­u­lar or de­cent growth? DS: “As der­ma­tol­o­gists, we deal with peo­ple who are not un­der gen­eral anes­the­sia; so they can hear every­thing that you say. You never want to say oops or make any kind of com­ment that is rude – you have to be re­spect­ful. Even if some­thing ap­pears shock­ing, I don’t re­act neg­a­tively. Peo­ple who come to me are in a vul­ner­a­ble po­si­tion and prob­a­bly em­barassed so I cer­tainly want to make them feel com­fort­able. It is also prob­a­bly the rea­son why peo­ple trust me to do their surgery.”

F: In your opin­ion, what’s the worst thing that peo­ple are do­ing to their skin? DS: “If you are talk­ing about acne in gen­eral, it’s pick­ing at your skin. And there are also con­di­tions peo­ple have called neu­rotic ex­co­ri­a­tion where you pick at your skin and cre­ate re­ally bad scars. You ba­si­cally can­not leave a bump alone and when you have a pim­ple you have to pop it. Set a timer or some­thing to limit your­self. You don’t want to emerge an hour later from the bath­room in big trou­ble.”

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