Dr Pimple Popper squeezes out the ‘cheesy contents’ of a man’s ‘third eye’ in a shocking clip from tonight’s episode of her eponymous TV show.
Joe, who lives in Detroit, Michigan, has put up with a marble-sized bump which has been growing in between his eyebrows for over a year.
While at first he thought it was a pimple, it kept growing in size – leaving him no choice but to visit expert dermatologist, Dr Sandra Lee.
‘I was even told by my wife that it was affecting my capacity to think normal,’ he says. ‘She said it was affecting my thoughts and brain and told me she thought I was thinking irrational.’
Joe, who lives in Detroit, Michigan, has put up with a marble-sized bump which has been growing in between his eyebrows for over a year – and is desperate to have it removed
In tonight’s episode, Joe reveals that at first he thought it was a pimple, but then it kept growing in size – leaving him with no choice but to visit expert dermatologist, Dr Sandra Lee. After carefully slicing into it, she removes the gruesome contents (above), which is made up of dead skin cells
As soon as Dr Sandra Lee sees Joe in the clinic, she reveals her suspicious that the offending bump is a pilar cyst. She explains, ‘it’s a little bit strange, because it’s only been there a little while. Usually these occur more on the scalp, but it just has that firmness’
Before visiting the expert pimple popper, Joe reveals that he has tried to take matters into his own hands after worrying the ‘hard’ bump was a ‘danger’ to his health.
‘I asked my wife, “do you think it can be drained?” he explains. ‘She took one of her diabetic syringes, popped it right dead centre, pushed it all the way down and it stayed in there. No fluid came out and I was literally walking around with this syringe in my bump.’
But as he arrives at Dr Lee’s surgery, she quickly reveals her suspicions behind his mystery ‘third eye.’
‘I think it’s a pilar cyst,’ she says. ‘It’s a little bit strange because it’s only been there a little while. Usually these occur more on the scalp, but it just has that firmness.’
Joe reveals that before seeking an expert opinion, he asked his wife to try and drain the bump. Taking one of her diabetic syringes, she placed it into his forehead and pushed it all the way down – yet nothing came out
After predicting that the lump is a cyst, the expert dermatologist ‘gently squeezes’ it and reveals the oozing, thick white pus which she describes as being ‘cheesy content’
Dr Sandra Lee says the cottage-cheese like pus is ‘skin cells which have shed’ – and then she sets about sewing him up
Dr Sandra Lee is keen to remove the sack wall so that she can get it sent off to confirm exactly what kind of cysts it is – and her suspicions prove true as the results confirm it’s a ‘pilar cyst’
As Joe looks in the mirror, he’s delighted with the results – as is the dermatologist. She says: ‘I think the results look great. I’ve hidden it really well in a natural forehead crease and in time I think he’ll struggle to find it’
What is a pilar cyst?
Pilar cysts are common growths that form around a hair follicle, and are typically found on the scalp.
They form because the cells in the top layer of skin produce keratin, the protein that gives skin its strength and flexibility.
Normally, these cells move up to the surface of the skin as they start to die, so they can be shed.
But sometimes, these cells can move deeper into the skin and multiply, forming a sac – a ‘bag’ filled with fluid.
They secrete keratin into the middle of the sac, which forms a thick, yellow paste. This can ooze out of the cyst if it is burst.
Unlike other types of cysts, pilar growths strongly run in families, and are largely harmless.
They typically affect middle-aged adults, and women more than men.
Eager to see what’s lurking beneath, the expert dermatologist sets to work slicing the lump and gives it a ‘little squeeze’ – which has big, gruesome consequences.
After pinching the offending lump from both sides, a gush of white cottage cheese-like pus floods out of Joe’s forehead.
‘There’s no clear cut reason why cysts happen but they can be fairly common,’ explains Dr Sandra Lee.
‘I squeezed out all that cheesy contents and really discarded that because that’s not what really counts.
‘What I really need is to remove the sack wall and send that off to confirm diagnosis.’
Describing the contents as ‘skin cells which have shed,’ Dr Lee sews up Joe’s forehead and waits for the test results – which reveal her theory of a ‘pilar’ cyst were correct.
‘I think the results look great,’ she explains.
‘I’ve hidden it really well in a natural forehead crease and in time I think he’ll struggle to find it.’
Dr. Pimple Popper airs tonight at 9pm on TLC