Sandra Lee, MD

2020 Recipient

A board-certified dermatologist based in Southern California, Dr. Sandra Lee is known by most people as Dr. Pimple Popper. 

In 2015, Dr. Lee started an Instagram to give people a window into her world as a dermatologist. Realizing that her field of medicine is very visual, she felt that it would be interesting to show people what she sees on a daily basis — during consults, surgeries and in-office procedures. And though she had a hunch that people would find it interesting, she soon discovered there was a massive subculture online of people who watched “popping” videos and shared them with each other across the internet.

Today, Dr. Lee has posted thousands of videos that you can find on this website and across many other social media channels, including YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. These accounts have more than 10 million followers and her videos have been watched more than 2.5 billion times. 

Dr. Lee is also the star of her own reality TV show on TLC, which focuses on how her procedures can dramatically change and better the lives of her patients.

The content she and her team post isn’t just graphic dissections of lipomas and cysts. Dr. Lee’s aim is still the same as it was back in 2015 — to provide a window into her unique dermatology world. From procedures such as Mohs surgery and Botox to keloid removals, ear surgeries, and blackhead extractions, Dr. Lee documents it all.

If you aren’t a Popaholic (the endearing term for the community of Dr. Pimple Popper-obsessed viewers) you may be wondering: why do people want to watch this kind of stuff?! The answer certainly varies, but Dr. Lee has discovered that many of these viewers find her videos therapeutic. “There’s a great sense of satisfaction to watch pressure being built up and released, and to watch the body being cleansed or cleaned,” Dr. Lee explains. Then there’s the entertainment factor, of course. Many internet lovers just enjoy watching vital, eye-catching videos — content that they can forward to their friends and share with people.

There’s also the education factor. “People love to learn about their skin, why these growths happen, how they are removed… I hear so often from people about how they watch my videos and then aspire to become dermatologists or other skincare specialists,” Dr. Lee explains. In fact, many popaholics are doctors, PAs, nurses, estheticians, and other skincare professionals — they’re the people who relate to her content and find it both fascinating and educating.
“At the end of the day, the reason for all of this is really to educate people, and to help them take better care of their own body and skin,” emphasizes Dr. Lee. And that’s what has inspired the creation of her award-winning and fast-growing skincare line, SLMD Skincare. 

About SLMD Skincare – As an established Dermatologist and skincare authority, Dr. Sandra Lee aka Dr. Pimple Popper has taken the next step in her mission to help people understand and take better care of their skin. Each product from the award-winning SLMD range was carefully selected by Dr. Sandra Lee as products she would recommend to her own patients - the next best thing to actually seeing your dermatologist. Specially formulated for ALL skin types to treat AND prevent common skin conditions, 

SLMD brings the dermatologist office to the consumer with proven ingredients and clinical strength formulations. 

Dr. Pimple Popper quickly grew viral fame after posting blackhead extraction videos on her social media, now amassing to nearly 3 Billion YouTube views, 5.3 Million Subscribers and 3.3 Million Instagram Followers with a dedicated “Popaholics” fan base. Her TLC show ‘Dr. Pimple Popper’ is on its fourth season, showcasing behind-the-scenes popping and heartwarming stories of the clients behind her viral videos. 

For more information, see or @slmdskincare 

August 29-30, 2020
San Diego, CA

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