When it comes to skin care, few people have been more visible and beloved than Dr. Sandra Lee — aka Dr. Pimple Popper — over the past few years. A board-certified dermatologist in Southern California, Lee decided to start sharing some of the procedures from her practice on Instagram back in 2015 before starting a YouTube channel after that.
(Yes, her videos are the ones featuring those captivating blackhead extractions you can’t stop watching.)
From extractions to dissections of lipomas and cysts to Botox, keloid removals and ear surgeries, Lee shows it all (with her patients’ consent, of course) and in the process has racked up 3.1 million YouTube subscribers, 2.6 million Instagram followers, and 2 million Facebook fans. She now has her own show on TLC and a skin care line but found time to answer a few skin-related questions for SheKnows readers.
To start with, the bad news: according to Lee, there’s no magic fix for better skin. Instead, she says that having a consistent skin care routine is the key to improving skin.
“A common belief is that there are miracle products that are going to get rid of acne or wrinkles overnight, and though there are some very effective ingredients, products and treatments available, the key to improving and maintaining great skin is consistency,” Lee tells SheKnows.
So, what does she recommend? Start with washing your face twice a day, using skin treatments (to treat current and prevent future breakouts), keeping skin moisturized and, of course, plenty of SPF are all important things to remember.
Read on for more tips from Dr. Pimple Popper herself for everything from holistic health and skin advice to the myths you totally might still be buying into. The doctor is in!