Dr. Pimple Popper Is Making People Pay to Watch Her Pops, and Fans Aren’t Happy

Pimple popping addicts need to pay up, says Dr. Sandra Lee. The physician better known as Dr. Pimple Popper has started charging for her infamous videos. If you want access to all the grossest blackhead and cyst removals, you’ll need to fork over $2.99 a month or $29.99 a year for an all-access pass. The shift to paid content has fans pretty annoyed, noted a report in Allure

Dr. Pimple Popper explains the decision 

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For years, Lee has been sharing her stomach-churning videos of various dermatological procedures on social media. It all started when she posted a blackhead extraction video on Instagram and noticed an uptick in engagement. Soon, she discovered that there were a whole lot of people out there who were interested in pimple popping. 

These days, Lee has her own TLC show and millions of followers on YouTube and Instagram. But fans will now have to pay to watch the doctor’s best pops. It’s all because of YouTube’s less-than-friendly attitude toward her content, she says.   

“YouTube has been wonderful … we have so many subscribers, so many amazing views,” Lee said in a video announcing the change. But she often ran into problems with the platform. 

“The thing is it’s been frustrating,” she went on to say. “My content gets flagged. It gets restricted. It gets taken down. It’s not fair and it’s not right.” 

With her own platform, Lee says she’ll be able to do share the content she wants, without any intrusive ads. 

“I am not giving up on YouTube,” she added. But the all-access site will be uncensored and have “the most extreme pops.”

Some fans aren’t happy 

Lee’s decision to hide some of her popping videos behind a paywall didn’t sit well with some of her fans. 

“Greed !!! I’ll watch my own in the mirror,” commented one person on a recent Instagram post promoting the all-access service. 

“So basically your poor fans who can’t afford the all access are screwed? Nice. Was a fan, not anymore!” commented another. 

Several people complained that the quality of the preview video wasn’t great, which made them hesitant to subscribe. 

“If I had the money, I would most definitely pay for it, but not if the video quality is as bad [as] this one,” one person wrote. 

Others said $2.99 was simply too much to pay, especially when there are other pimple popping videos available online for free. 

“No longer a follower! Good luck with your $2.99 a month!” was one former fan’s response. 

Why people can’t stop watching Dr. Lee’s videos 

You might have to pay to see the best pops now, but chances are loyal fans will keep watching Dr. Lee’s videos. And it’s not just because of the gross-out factor, she told Showbiz Cheat Sheet in an interview earlier in 2019.

“I think the reason is people are initially attracted to it like a car accident, where you can’t look away,” she said. “Like something really strange and different. But in fact, it ends up being where people are actually proud to be part of something that is so heartfelt. It makes people feel good, which is so interesting.”

A new season of Dr. Pimple Popper premieres Thursday, January 2, 2020, on TLC.