Imagine your favorite pimple popping videos in terms of Hollywood movie genres. There's the gruesome slasher, in which the protagonist yields a sharp tool toward (in these instances) lipomas or cysts on a person's back, neck, or face. Blackhead extractions are the parodies: It's hard not to be filled with joy after watching one. Then, you've got your light and painless rom-coms — where the script includes one particularly stubborn figure, some tension, and a happy ending.
"Those are the pilar cysts on the scalp," Dr. Sandra Lee, MD, (a.k.a. Dr. Pimple Popper) explains. The reason you've probably seen an explosion of these videos on her YouTube channel as of late: "They are really common, and some people have more than one. They are fun because they're so easy to do — it's like getting to take a little break at work. It only takes 10 minutes."
Dr. Lee understands why people are drawn to these scalp extractions, of course: "It is a very good visual," she admits. "The wall of this type of cyst is thicker than most, more like the consistency of an olive or the outside of a Baby Bell cheese. You still feel the tension of, 'What's going to happen?' but it always pops out easily."