• In a new Instagram video, Dr. Pimple Popper lets a patient squeeze her own steatocsytoma.
• Steatocsytoma multiplex is a skin disorder that often leads to the formation of multiple cysts.
• The disorder is rare, and most of the time the cysts are benign and filled with sebum, and oily substance that helps keep the hair and skin lubricated.
Most dermatologists will tell you that it's rarely a good idea to pop cysts on your own, but there's at least one exception—and that's if Dr. Pimple Popper herself is directly supervising you. In a new Instagram video, Dr. Pimple Popper—aka, dermatologist and TLC host Dr. Sandra Lee, MD—gives one of her patients a rare opportunity to pop her own cyst on camera. As Dr. Lee says in the post's caption, "How many of you would like to do your OWN clean and painless squeeze? #steatocystoma"
As Dr. Lee references in the hashtag, the patient is likely dealing with what's known as a steatocsytoma multiplex—a rare skin disorder that often leads to the formation of multiple cysts all over the body, according to the National Institute of Health. Thankfully, these cysts tend to be benign, and form on top of sebaceous glands in the neck, upper arms, and legs. That yellow, oily stuff that the patient extracts is sebum, a substance that helps that helps lubricate the hair, skin, and nails. Thankfully, as the NIH notes, these small bumps are usually the only sign the condition produces.
And if you're in the mood for more from Dr. Pimple Popper, you're in luck: her show returned to TLC last week. Look for her next episode on Thursday night at 9/8 central.
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