‘Dr. Pimple Popper’: Does Dr. Sandra Lee Pop Her Own Pimples?

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Dr. Sandra Lee became famous by popping other people’s pimples on YouTube. But does she pop her own pimples herself? The dermatologist has talked about her own skincare routine and what she does and doesn’t recommend to her popaholics. Here is everything you need to know.

She is a big promoter of exfoliation

The doctor revealed she is a big supporter of exfoliation. She explained to Yahoo! why this step should be included in your skincare routine.

Exfoliation aids in skin cell turnover, meaning you’re sloughing off dead skin to allow new skin cells to shine through,” she explained. “Exfoliating is key for everything from acne management to anti-aging. You can use a cleansing brush, or apply an exfoliating acid — like salicylic or glycolic acid. And don’t forget the rest of your body. Invest in a decent loofah or body scrub to use in the shower to keep your skin smooth from head to toe.”

But exfoliation won’t take away all of your skincare woes. Dr. Lee talked about fighting blackheads. “You can’t scrub them off,” she told Reader’s Digest.

She also recommended a cleanser with salicylic acid when it comes to exfoliating. “It crystalizes and is small enough to settle in pores and prevent the formation of new blackheads.”

It’s probably not surprising that Dr. Lee recommends a product from her own skincare line to do this trick. She told New York magazine that one of her favorite products she uses is the SLMD Salicylic Acid Cleanser.

This is the best-selling product from my line,” revealed the reality star. “Salicylic acid is an amazing exfoliating ingredient and it can really help to lighten up hyperpigmentation and dark spots on the skin. It’s great as a face wash but here’s what I personally love to do: I’ll apply it like a mini-mask and leave it on my skin for a few minutes while I do something else like wash my hair or shave my legs.”

Exfoliation might be important to Dr. Lee but does she pop her own pimples?

Dr. Sandra Lee pops her own pimples

The doctor gives very specific skincare advice to her fans who she knows are interested in pimple popping. She admits to having to follow it herself.

“My mantra is ‘Know when you pop, and know when you stop‘,” Dr. Lee told Allure. “I can tell you [not to pop] until I go blue in the face, but you’re going to pop your pimples just like I do at home. You just need to know when to stop because you want to prevent scarring.”

One sign to stop is coloring. “When you have a red pimple under your skin, it’s not ready to pop,” continued the dermatologist. “You know it’s there, but you can’t get to it. The thing to do is to apply a warm compress and wait for it to come to a head.”

So Dr. Sandra Lee doesn’t recommend popping your own pimples, but if you do know the signs of when it’s appropriate. Also, don’t forget to exfoilate.

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