Dr. Pim­ple Pop­per

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VIEWER dis­cre­tion ab­so­lutely ad­vised for this show!

I was chan­nel hop­ping the other day and stum­bled upon a scene which saw der­mat­a­l­o­gist Dr San­dra Lee mak­ing an in­ci­sion on a large lump on a pa­tient’s ab­domen, and be­fore I knew it, a lipoma (a lump made of fat tis­sues) popped right out.

Af­ter get­ting past the ini­tial shock of wit­ness­ing such a scene with­out warn­ing (I was look­ing for the food chan­nel orig­i­nally), Dr. Pim­ple Pop­per (Lee’s nick­name) turned out to be a fas­ci­nat­ing watch.

But first things first: You may be think­ing who would watch a TV show ded­i­cated solely to pop­ping pim­ples, cysts and the like?

The 2.5 bil­lion views on her YouTube chan­nel would beg to dif­fer. Lee has be­come an in­ter­net sen­sa­tion since up­load­ing her first ex­trac­tion video in 2010.

Un­like her YouTube videos, the se­ries fo­cuses on more se­vere cases such as re­ally large lumps (they’re usu­ally lipo­mas and cysts) on un­ex­pected places on the body.

Also, view­ers get to learn more about the pa­tients’ sto­ries, as com­pared to her YouTube chan­nel which keeps the iden­ti­ties mostly anony­mous.

The show makes it a point to send the con­tents of the lumps to a lab for tests to make sure they are benign.

Be­sides ap­peal­ing to view­ers who love to see stuff ooz­ing out of peo­ple’s skin, what’s great about the show is it cre­ates an aware­ness about the var­i­ous lumps and bumps on our skin and the im­por­tance of hav­ing them checked.

Dr. Pim­ple Pop­per airs ev­ery Mon­day at 9pm on TLC (Astro Ch 707).

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