Watch Dr. Pimple Popper Squeeze 'Old Gum' From a Scalp Cyst

Shea Simmons
Photo credit: Wolfgang Kaehler - Getty Images
Photo credit: Wolfgang Kaehler - Getty Images

From Men's Health

  • In her latest Instagram video, Dr. Pimple Popper pops a pilar cyst on a patient's scalp.

  • A pilar cyst forms in the lining of a hair follicle when keratin begins to collect.

  • When this cyst pops free, it looks like 'old gum.'

In her latest Instagram video, Dr. Pimple Popper has a cyst that really wants to get free. The dermatologist and TLC host — whose real name is Dr. Sandra Lee — has to pop a pilar cyst on a patient's scalp. These cysts are typically benign, not painful, and form when keratin builds up inside of a hair follicle. When Dr. Lee does pop the cyst, it comes flying out looking like 'old gum.'

The video begins after the dermatologist has already created an incision over the top of the cyst. She's pressing deeply into her patient's scalp to get the cyst free, but it's taking quite a bit of elbow grease. Steadily, though, the round cyst begins to emerge thanks to her hard work.

While most cysts will ooze or stay stuck to a patient until Dr. Lee snips it free, this pilar cyst flies right out of her patient's head, and she has to catch it. "Look at that almost catch," Dr. Lee says as she lifts up the escaped cyst, "Look at that how it rolled off. That's really cool!"

As she holds it aloft for viewers, "popaholics" can see the greyed mass that was in the scalp, and it truly looks like wad of 'old gum.'

To see Dr. Pimple Popper pop an 'old gum' pilar cyst, watch her Instagram video below.


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