Sandra Lee, aka Dr. Pimple Popper, is known for her strangely satisfying pimple-popping videos. You know, the ones that feature gargantuan blackheads unearthed from the depths of the deepest pores? If you're squeamish like me, you may not have been able to make it through one. On the other hand, if you're like so many celeb followers (and Allure's skin-care editor Sarah Kinonen!), you might find them soothing. Regardless of your opinion on them, they've garnered Lee an Instagram following as mountainous as the cysts she pops (around 2 million).
Dr. Pimple Popper fans will know that Lee has since launched her own skin-care line, SLMD Skincare. Until recently, the collection focused solely on acne-thwarting potions and (satisfying) extraction tools. But the queen of zit annihilation recently expanded her product lineup to something completely unrelated to acne: Keratosis Pilaris.
KP, commonly referred to as "chicken skin" is incredibly common (an estimated 40 percent of adults are affected). "I know that there are so many people in the world who can't see a dermatologist," Lee tells Allure. "They'll think, I have these bumps; what are they, what can I use to treat them?" The worst thing to do — albeit, a natural inclination for people who may mistake the little red bumps for zits — is to pick or squeeze them. "People will try to run their fingernail across [the bumps] and scrape them off, which can cause scabs or scarring," Lee explains.
Instead, exfoliate — gently. Lee sees a lot of people using harsh loofahs or mechanical brush heads on their KP, which can actually irritate the skin and make the condition worse. In lieu of scrubbing, she recommends using a gentle chemical exfoliator. Her pick? Glycolic acid, which is the hero ingredient in both of her new products.
Dubbed the Body Smoothing System, a two-piece treatment set, is (literally) just what the doctor ordered. The Glycolic Acid Body Wash and Glycolic Acid Body Lotion are both spiked with the AHA to chemically exfoliate and, in turn, "really keep down that roughness." Additionally, Lee adds, glycolic acid can help to fade hyperpigmentation that often accompanies KP.
As an added exfoliating bonus, the body wash also contains super-gentle exfoliating beads (don't worry — they dissolve in water and are A-OK for the environment). And the lotion is infused with a healthy dose of ultra-hydrating shea butter to make up for any potential itchiness and dryness (both are common symptoms of KP, Lee notes). On a separate note, the balance of gentle exfoliation and hydration makes the products ideal for tackling other bumpy-skin issues. (See ya, ingrown hairs.)
The Body Smoothing System, as well as the entire SLMD line, Lee says, was based on cutting consumer confusion. After all, the number of people who have access to a dermatologist — let alone a famous one like Lee — is completely incommensurate with the number of people affected by skin issues (KP in particular). "[I want people to think] a dermatologist would recommend these products," she says. "That's what I'm trying to do; to create a line that is going to bridge this gap between seeing a dermatologist and being completely confused in the skin-care aisle."
And, as aforementioned, there is still a lot of confusion surrounding KP. "I want to empower [people] and make them excited about skin care," she says. If there's one thing I know Lee can do, it's make people excited about skin care. Just ask her millions of loyal followers.
You can shop the SLMD Body Smoothing System now for $70 on slmdskincare.com.
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