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The Dr Pimple Popper Phenomenon

Dr Pimple Popper has become an internet phenomenon over the last year, sharing videos of cysts and spots being squeezed on youtube.

The dermatologist based in Southern California has at this point in time 2,211,005 million people subscribed to her youtube channel, which has over 700 videos and 1,132,129,337 views.

The top video – giant blackhead removal – has accrued over 25 million views, while many more videos have in excess of 10 million. The latest additions appear to gather 300,000 views in the first 24 hours alone.

The videos are variously described as ‘gross’, ‘gruesome’ and ‘satisfying’ and show detailed imagery of swollen skin being lanced or squeezed to release pus and ‘goo’.

In an interview with Forbes, Dr Lee said:

“Most YouTube channels are for entertainment, and I’m doing mine for education. But, if you’re doing something like these popping videos for entertainment they might be taken off. It has to be medically educational. That’s mostly been helpful for me me because I am an educator and dermatologist.”

“I think I might be starting something new on YouTube where it’s going to become more acceptable to have content like this. I think I might be becoming one of the pioneers, so to speak, of this. In the past, some of my videos were just taken off. They were considered ‘gory, disgusting and for shock value.’

“I fought back. I was like, “That’s not what this is. I’m a dermatologist. This is what I do.” I’m not doing this for shock value.”

The videos certainly seem to have raised awareness of the potential to relieve troubling spots and cysts. The channel’s success has been debated and featured widely in media including Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine, Huffington Post, Daily Mail and Sun. Google trends shows massive growth in the sector.

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