Dr. Sandra Lee, also known as Dr. Pimple Popper, made waves for promoting Bioré Pore Strips on her Instagram page. The zit zapper posted a photo of herself sporting a pore strip on her nose, and now skin-care enthusiasts are criticizing her for promoting the controversial product. Let's dig our scalpels into this cyst-uation.
Dr. Lee responded to the controversy with medical knowledge and science.
"I’ve never changed my mind and I always stand my what I say and willingly will admit when I’m wrong," she wrote in a response a comment. "Im pretty shocked the level of hate and misunderstanding about a product like this. Essentially we ALL have pores and some of us have larger pores than others, and for most of us our pores are naturally larger or at least more apparent in particular geographical areas of the body (Like the nose). Encouraging the clearance of a blocked pore with extractions or pore strips or salicylic acid or retinol to name a few methods, does nothing but temporarily unblock the pore. This does not increase dilation of a pore nor does it increase the risk of bacterial infection. I don’t understand where this information is taken from? Sorry to incite so much anger this was not the intent of this post. It was just to show an at home option for people who hate their blackheads on their nose and want a simple way to minimize them."
Dr. Lee dropped more medical knowledge, writing that pores "dilate mainly due to age. Skin loses its elasticity and turgor over time and this is unfortunately seen as more noticeably looser and more dilated pores which many of us hate. I would postulate that pore strips would actually help to keep your pores from being as plugged with debris and oil/sebum and dead skin cells/keratinocytes and this plugging may actually have the increased opportunity to dilate your pores to a degree. I’m not telling people they must use pore strips by any means. I just think pore strips are one of the tools that ppl can use at home to help keep their skin clear if they wish. It’s an option but certainly not a necessity."