• Dr. Pimple Popper uses a scalpel to cut around and remove a bump from a man’s nose.
• She leaves subscribers guessing if another mark is from a mole or an epidermoid cyst
• Moles are dark marks caused by clusters of pigmented cells and epidermoid cysts are lumps that develop beneath the skin due to a buildup of keratin. Superficially, they look about the same.
Dr. Pimple Popper presented a mystery in her newest Instagram video—and like many thrillers and whodunits, it began with someone getting knifed.
In the video, Dr. Pimple Popper—aka, dermatologist and TLC host Dr. Sandra Lee, MD— stretches the side of a male patient’s nose to flatten the surface a bit. She then cuts around a bump, removing it and leaving a crater of blood and torn flesh, but what kind of bump was it?
“REMOVING A MOLE,” reads the text introducing the video, before cutting to a second growth. “And…is it an epidermoid cyst?” the second caption reads.
Moles (or nevi, medically speaking) are a commonplace skin growths, small, dark brown spots caused by clusters of pigmented cells. They are incredibly common; most people have a few. They emerge during childhood and adolescence and occasionally fade and stretch with age. Most are harmless. Some are extreme. Others add an accent of beauty.
Epidermoid cysts are small, hard lumps that develop under the skin due to a buildup of keratin. They have a lot in common with moles: They’re common, harmless, ignorable, small and often appear on the face. But unlike moles, they have a thick, smelly inside.
As for that second growth Dr. Pimple Popper spotted? There’s an abscess of a resolution in the short video, but as the description promises, “More on that mystery cyst later…”