Watch Dr. Pimple Popper Pop a ‘Rainbow’ of Cysts in New Instagram Video

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• In a new Instagram video, Dr. Pimple Popper pops a couple of steatocystomas containing varying colors of sebum.
• Steatocystomas are noncancerous cysts that grow in the skin’s sebaceous glands and contain an oily substance called sebum, which naturally moisturizes the hair and skin.
• Sebum, a complex mixture of lipids, can be varying colors, as seen in Dr. Lee’s video.


In a new Instagram video, Dr. Pimple Popper—aka, dermatologist and TLC host Dr. Sandra Lee, MDpops two steatocystomas on a brave patient, both of which contain two very different colors of sebum.

Sebum, according to the National Library of Health, is a complex mixture of lipids which acts as a moisturizer to hair and skin. If you recall that gooey liquid which seeps out of many of Dr. Lee’s pops, then you already know what steatocystoma contents look like. What you may not know is that this sebum can come in varying colors depending on its exact makeup and a person’s skin tone, ranging in hue from yellow to green to gray.

“We’ve got ALL the different colors of steatocystomas today,” Dr. Lee captioned the video, adding two collision emojis to symbolize the ever-popular “pops” and a rainbow emoji.

The first pop in the video is a cyst filled with buttery yellow-colored sebum that oozes in an oddly satisfying eruption after being poked with a scalpel. Yellow is the most common color for sebum, and is what people often think of when it comes to cyst contents.

The second in the rainbow duo is a cyst filled with green-gray sebum, which is a common sebum color in patients with black skin, as sebum mixes with dead skin cells to form this particular hue. Dr. Lee jokes that this particular pop will make the St. Patrick’s Day video, thanks to a greenish tone. All in a day of satisfying extractions.

Watch the video here:

Season 3 of Dr. Pimple Popper will return to TLC later this year.

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