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Take it from us: cysts are serious pests and if you’re not careful they may end up getting infected.

Dr. Sandra Lee, also known as Dr. Pimple Popper, is certainly no stranger to, well, popping pimples and other related blemishes. This time a mom and daughter traveled a long way to get a pilar cyst removed from mom’s head.

As the daughter filmed, the good doctor went to work and, wow, this mom’s got to feel so much better now. The road to comfort, though, is a little tough to watch.

Here’s the lowdown on the pilar cyst, as defined by Dr. Pimple Popper:

A Pilar Cyst, aka a trichilemmal cyst, an isthmus-catagen cyst, or a “wen”, looks identical on examination to the more common epidermoid cyst, except that 90% of them occur on the scalp. They tend to be more mobile and firmer than epidermoid cysts, and are derived from a different part of the hair follicle/skin. The internal content tend to be more “homogenous”/ smooth (looks different under the microscope), but it is also a benign growth. It is not uncommon to have multiple pilar cysts on the scalp and to have other family members to have these cysts (tend to run in families). Treatment is for cosmetic reasons usually (people don’t like the appearance of them), and excision with removal of the cyst and it’s contents is curative.

Below is a picture of everything removed from the woman’s head.

YouTube/screenshot
YouTube/screenshot

YIKES.

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