• In a new Instagram video, Dr. Pimple Popper removes a large cluster of blackheads from a patient’s nose.
• During the procedure, she uses a comedone extractor tool to remove the blackheads more gently and reduce the risk of irritation.
• Blackheads are a common skin condition, and form when sebum and dead skin cells become trapped inside the pores.
In her latest Instagram video, Dr. Pimple Popper—aka, dermatologist and TLC host Dr. Sandra Lee, MD—once again deploys her most trusted weapon in the ongoing war against blackheads. In the clip, Dr. Lee puts her comedone extractor front and center, a tool that makes the process of pinching and draining the blackhead safer and less likely to cause irritation. (And yes, in case you’re curious, you can buy one to practice with at home from Dr. Pimple Popper herself.)
Blackheads, as pretty much anyone who was a teenager at some point knows, are an extremely common skin condition that occurs when the pores become clogged with dead skin cells and sebum, an oily substance that helps lubricate the hair, skin, and nails, according to MedicalNewsToday. And most of the time, thankfully, you don’t need to resort to using tools or even seeing a dermatologist.
A gentle face wash containing salycylic acid could be a better bet to start with, as Heidi Waldorf, M.D., a professor of dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine of Mount Sinai, explained to Men’s Health. Here are a few picks that will help you clear those blackheads right away.