Watch Dr. Pimple Popper 'Shuck' These Pearl-Like Cysts Free

Katie Dupere
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Photo credit: Hussein Mahmoud Alshafai / EyeEm - Getty Images
Photo credit: Hussein Mahmoud Alshafai / EyeEm - Getty Images

From Men's Health

  • In a new Instagram video, Dr. Pimple Popper plucks some tiny pearl cysts out of a patient’s skin.

  • Dr. Lee removes the tiny beads with a blade and her fingers, using a similar technique to an oyster farmer shucking their catch.

  • The growths are actually eruptive vellus hair cysts, which stem from hair follicles and contain "peach fuzz" hair.

In a new Instagram video, Dr. Pimple Popper—aka, dermatologist and TLC host Dr. Sandra Lee, MD—pluck some tiny pearl cysts out of a patient’s skin. The famed derm actually uses a technique similar to that of an oyster farmer shucking their catch.

In the clip, Dr. Lee pokes the patient’s skin with a surgical blade to reach the deeply embedded growths. Once she reaches the tiny “pearls,” a firm squeeze is enough to pop out small treasures hidden beneath the skin. Once removed, Dr. Lee flashes the “pearls” to the camera on the end of her blade, just like an oyster farmer would after a lucky catch.

Dr. Lee pops two cysts in the clip, though it appears the patient has several more of these teeny masses under her skin.

Dr. Lee identifies the "pearls" as eruptive vellus hair cysts, which are growths stemming from vellus hair follicles. These tiny beads contain the light, barely-noticeable vellus hairs—aka peach fuzz—all people have covering their body. These particular cysts are rare, usually occurring in children and young adults. They most commonly occur on the chest, limbs, and abdomen.

Check out the pretty pearl pops in the clip below:

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