This video is NSWECC. That stands for Not Safe While eating Cottage Cheese. Why are we so hooked on pimple and cyst removals that can only be described as gross and gruesome. I guess it’s like a car wreck. We don’t want to see it but we are unable to turn away. This large cyst seems to have a never ending supply of waste material. I have always wondered why in the world people let it get this bad before doing something about it.
Dr. Pimple Popper, a.k.a. dermatologist Sandra Lee, M.D., is at it again. Her latest video is a 20-minute play-by-play of a golfball-sized epidermoid cyst removal, and it has over 2 million views after just a week on YouTube.
It’s clear the internet has a strange fascination with all the gooey, yellow things that come out of blackheads and cysts. And I get it—I get a sense of satisfaction when I pop a whitehead (even though I know I’m not supposed to). But watching Lee cut through tissue and push out cheese-like skin cells doesn’t give me the same victorious high. In fact, I look a lot like a child watching a horror movie—one eye closed, head turned slightly to the side in case I need to look away in a hurry.
But I watched this latest video from start to finish (because I had to in order to accurately write this story, of course). The shot shows Lee cutting away the skin and fibrous scar tissue above the 2-year-old cyst. Then, she proceeds to squeeze out the contents, which she says look like “old, wet newspaper.”
In the description, Lee explains how these cysts form. “Epidermoid cysts result from the reproduction of epidermal cells within a confined space of the dermis,” she explains. “The pasty contents are mostly composed of macerated keratin (wet skin cells), which creates this ‘cheesy’ consistency, and there can be a pungent odor.”
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Once all the insides are removed, Lee proceeds to get rid of the scar tissue and cyst sac to make sure the benign cyst doesn’t return. These overgrown bumps aren’t life-threatening but can get infected or inflamed.