Anyone who’s seen a Dr. Pimple Popper video (or 20) knows that there is a certain joy in finally cleansing the skin of a painful, bulging pimple. Chances are, if you watch zit videos on the regular you’ve probably taken your fingers to your own face too many times. You press and push, and it doesn’t matter how clean your hands are, or how ready that sucker was to come out, any dermatologist or aesthetician will tell you “NO TOUCHING!” But you ignore them time after time and do it anyways, as is the zit-obsessive’s way.
Austin, TX native Katie Wright felt that familiar zit-popping urge when she noticed a pimple growing on her eyebrow.
In a post that has gone viral, Katie tells us a tale of what she thought was a giant zit growing under the surface of her skin. To relieve the pain she tried popping it, but soon knew that something was very wrong and had to go to the emergency room.
Her post reads:
A week ago I decided to pick at what I thought was a giant under the skin pimple because it had been hurting for a while and got too painful to ignore. Within an hour my entire face swelled up and HURT. It felt like something was going to burst out of my skin. I went to the emergency room and they said it was a very serious case of Cellulitis, which is a version of a Staph infection, but instead of having a head like Staph, it effects the deeper cellular tissues with no main source to attack. Since it was on my face, there was a huge risk of it spreading to my brain or my eyes causing me to go blind. Serious shit.
Thankfully it is finally healing and my face is going back to normal. BUT I want to share this because this most likely happened from bacteria getting on my eyebrow pencil brush. I’m super strict on washing my face/beauty blender/brushes, but I never ever thought to disinfect my eyebrow spooly. If you wear makeup PLEASE make that a step in your cleaning routine!!!! It’s a small thing to do to avoid a painful, expensive, and traumatizing infection on your face.
These photos are taken 48 hours apart, just so you can see how quickly and dramatically it disfigured my face.
Here are those pics taken just 48 hours apart.
Image 1…what zit? Image 2, OMG that is horrifying and painful looking.
Here’s another view of the swelling on her forehead. OUCH!
So while the same infection is probably not as likely to happen to you, it’s still incredibly important to keep your face and anything touching it clean and free from harmful bacteria that can wreak havoc on your skin…in more ways than acne.
Don’t test fate: wash your makeup brushes and tools regularly with warm, soapy water.
And don’t pick. I know you will, but don’t.