• In a new Instagram video, Dr. Pimple Popper extracts a cluster of keratin plugs from a patient's nose.
• A keratin plug, according to the Mayo Clinic, is a condition that develops when keratin blocks the opening of a hair follicle, leading to a bump on the skin.
• The procedure, which involves using tweezers to unclog the pores, is similar to removing a cluster of blackheads.
We're used to seeing Dr. Pimple Popper pull blackheads out of people's nose, but in a new Instagram video, the famous dermatologist goes a totally different (but equally riveting) route.
In a Tuesday Instagram post, Dr. Sandra Lee, MD—host of TLC's wildly popular Dr. Pimple Popper show—uses tweezers to pull thin white strands from a patient's nose. What the heck are they, you ask?
They're keratin plugs!
Wait, what is a keratin plug, again?
First, let's talk about what keratin is. According to Healthline, keratin is a structural protein that makes up our hair, nails, and skin. As the Mayo Clinic explains, a keratin plug occurs when the protein forms a "scaly plug" over the opening of a hair follicle.
In the video, Lee uses her tweezers to clear the keratin plus from the hair follicle's in her patient's nose. The best part is when the video goes into slow-mo mode, and we can really get a good look at the white strand being liberated from its hidey hole.
Watch the video here:
Season 3 of Dr. Pimple Popper is currently airing on TLC on Thursday nights at 9/8 central.
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