Sandra Lee (dermatologist)

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Sandra Lee, MD
Personal information
Born (1970-12-20) December 20, 1970 (age 49)
EducationUniversity of California, Los Angeles (BS)
Drexel University (MD)
ResidenceUpland, California, U.S.

Sandra Siew Pin Lee (born December 20, 1970),[1][2] also known as Dr. Pimple Popper, is an American dermatologist and YouTuber based in Upland, California.[3][4] She is known for her online videos and her TV series Dr. Pimple Popper.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Sandra Siew Pin Lee was born in the Flushing section of Queens, New York City, on December 20, 1970, to Chinese parents;[6][2] her father, a retired dermatologist, is Chinese Singaporean while her mother is Malaysian Chinese. Both of her parents were one of 10 children in their respective families and had lived in poverty. Her parents migrated to New York from China in 1969, and the family relocated to Southern California when Lee was five years old.[6][7]

Lee attended UCLA as an undergraduate student. During this time, she worked part-time as a medical assistant for an allergist in Downtown Los Angeles.[citation needed] After her graduation from UCLA, Lee attended medical school at the Drexel University College of Medicine and graduated in 1998. She also attended medical school at Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed her internship at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Lee completed her dermatology residency at Southern Illinois University. After her residency finished, she went to San Diego to further her experience with laser, dermatological and cosmetic surgery. Lee now lives in Upland, California with her husband, Dr. Jeffrey C. Rebish (married May 28, 2000), and currently works at Skin Physicians & Surgeons.[1][8]


Lee is a board certified dermatologist and a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the American Society for Mohs Surgery.[8]

Online video[edit]

In 2010, Lee began uploading videos to YouTube but did not begin to heavily post content until 2015, after she noticed the popularity of her Instagram videos of skin extractions.[9][10] In exchange for written client permission to record and post content, Lee offers patients discounted or free treatment.[9] In late 2019 the decision to make future content subscription-based drew criticism. She explained that it was caused by Youtube having blocked advertising in the channel's videos that usually featured unsightly material and thus the channel needing another source of funding.[11]


In 2017, Lee launched her own line of skin care products, SLMD Skincare Products.[12] Products in the line include acne cleanser and lotion, clarifying treatment with retinol, and daily moisturizer.[13] Prior to this, Lee also sold comedone extractors and other merchandise branded with the name of her channel.[14]


In 2018, Lee signed with TLC to have her own Dr. Pimple Popper TV series, which premiered on July 11.[15] A special Christmas episode of Dr. Pimple Popper, "The 12 Pops of Christmas", aired on December 13, 2018. Season 2 of Dr. Pimple Popper premiered in January 2019, and Season 3 premiered in the United States on July 11, 2019.[16] The fourth season premiered on December 26, 2019.[17]

Popular culture[edit]

  • The Comedy Central game show @Midnight mentioned her growing Instagram popularity during an opening segment.[citation needed]
  • Lee is followed by over 5.4 million people (as of June 2019) on her YouTube channel, with total viewers being one billion and counting.[3] On August 14, 2018, she made a guest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[18]


  1. ^ a b "Dr. Sandra Siew Pin Lee, MD. - Upland, CA". Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Davies, Madeleine (August 14, 2018). "How Exactly Do You Build a Fortune Popping Pimples on YouTube?". Wealthsimple. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Dr Pimple Popper will squeeze you now". Metro Newspaper UK. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  4. ^ "Dr Pimple Popper: 'My videos make people happy'". NewsComAu. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  5. ^ Naftulin, Julia (January 2, 2020). "Dr. Pimple Popper treats a man with a leg growth that looks like a third testicle during the show's season 4 premiere". Insider. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Steven, Koji (May 12, 2015). "8Questions with Dr. Sandra Lee, AKA: Dr. Pimple Popper". 8Asians. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  7. ^ Childers, Linda (May 21, 2019). "Pop Star". The Boca Raton Observer. Boca Raton, Florida. Archived from the original on January 8, 2020.
  8. ^ a b "About Skin Physicians & Surgeons - Upland, CA". SkinPS. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  9. ^ a b "Platzende Pickel: Eine Hautärztin als Youtube-Star". DER STANDARD (in German). Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  10. ^ "Meet the Internet's Most Famous Pimple-Popping Dermatologist". The Cut. 2016-03-09. Archived from the original on 2019-06-20. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  11. ^ Fasanella, Kaleigh (December 2, 2019). "Dr. Pimple Popper Made the Switch to Paid Video and Fans Are Not Pleased". Allure. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  12. ^ "The most notorious doctor on the internet has launched a skincare range". The Independent. 2017-03-09. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  13. ^ "Here Are All of The Products In Dr. Pimple Popper's New Acne Line". Cosmopolitan. 2017-03-03. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  14. ^ "You can now buy Dr. Pimple Popper's blackhead tweezers online so let the pimple popping sessions BEGIN!". Cosmopolitan. Archived from the original on 2017-11-17. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  15. ^ Minton, Melissa (June 15, 2018). "Dr. Pimple Popper Is Getting Her Own TV Series on TLC This Summer [Update]". Allure. Archived from the original on June 20, 2019. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  16. ^ "Dr. Pimple Popper | Watch New Episodes & More - TLC". TLC. Discovery Communications. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  17. ^ Nied, Jennifer (December 27, 2019). "Dr. Pimple Popper Removes A Record-Breaking 'Melon' Lipoma In Episode 1 Of TLC Show". Women's Health Magazine. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  18. ^ "Tracee Ellis Ross, Dr. Sandra Lee, music from CHVRCHES". American Broadcasting Company. August 14, 2018. Archived from the original on June 20, 2019. Retrieved August 17, 2018.

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