• Dr. Pimple Popper presses down with a loop extractor to force out the dark, dirt-like contents of a patient’s massive blackhead.
• She explains the difference between blackheads and whiteheads: Blackheads have darkened due to exposure to air; whiteheads are kept from oxidation under the skin and remain white.
• As she continues to apply pressure, the blackhead reveals itself to be bigger and deeper than it initially looked.
Dr. Pimple Popper went all Bill Nye and gave subscribers a lesson in oxidation as she pushed out a gnarly blackhead.
Using a loop extractor, dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee, MD wrestles out darkened crud from a bump on the patient’s…back? It looks like his back in the video, but one can’t really tell. The insider mass, looking like a mass of dead insect bits, crumples as Lee presses down with the tool.
She explains why the grizzly mass looked so dirt-like. “[T]he reason they’re so dark is they’re oxidized; they’ve hit oxygen,” explained Lee, “and so … they’re just a darker color. The ones that are trapped under there and don’t get air exposed to them, those are the ones we call whiteheads.”
Indeed, this may be the simplest way to explain the difference between blackheads and whiteheads. Blackheads are clogged pores that, with exposure to open air, turn dark and dry. Whiteheads, in which the oil and pus clings beneath the skin, keep their mushy texture and white keratin-like color.
Dr. Pimple Popper’s video gave a view of far how deep a blackhead can go, even as it depends on air for definition. “They always are bigger than they look,” she exclaims. Indeed, subscribers know they always are.
Watch the video here: