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Woman shares infected pimple photo as warning against popping zits

Several months ago, Katie Wright started feeling pain near her eyebrow and noticed a blemish. She tried not to pick at it. But after a few days, it looked bigger and uglier. It never formed a head or started shrinking so she decided to help it. When she got out of the shower, she tried popping it, hoping it would go away.

Instead, it got worse.

“My head just got hotter and hotter and started swelling up. It was unimaginable pain. I thought maybe I irritated my skin too much or pushed too hard,” Wright, 21, told TODAY.

Courtesy Katie Wright
It took several rounds of IV antibiotics to treat the cellulitis Katie Wright got after a dirty eyebrow spoolie introduced staph to her hair follicle.

As the pain intensified she put an ice pack on it, took some ibuprofen, and tried resting. After a night of fitful sleep, she woke up to a frightening sight. Her face was so swollen that her features looked distorted. And, the blemish was oozing.

“I could barely open my eyes,” she said. “The difference in my face it was unreal.”

Wright went to the emergency room at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, where doctors looked at the swollen ooze blemish and knew exactly it was — cellulitis.

“I was unaware of how serious it was,” she said.

Cellulitis is a skin infection caused by bacteria, such as streptococcus or staphylococcus. People carry this bacteria on their skin and it only becomes dangerous when it enters an opening in the skin, such as a popped pimple, cut, or bug bite. It spreads quickly and if it spreads to the eyes or the brain it can cause loss of vision or brain damage.

“I didn’t know that cellulitis could spread to your brain or eyes," Wright said.

Dermatologist Dr. Adam Friedman, who didn’t treat Wright, said he commonly sees patients with infections from skin picking, popping pimples, scratching bug bites, and using dirty make-up brushes.

“It is very easy to get an infection,” he said. “We have over 500 species of bacteria of the skin. When you break the skin, you are putting all the bacteria in the skin.”

Courtesy Katie Wright
Katie Wright shared pictures of herself with an oozy blemish to warn others to clean their make-up brushes to avoid her fate.

Friedman urges people to clean their make-up brushestoss expired make up, and to not pop pimples their pimples. Despite the warning, people pop pimples anyway.

“Hands down, you will certainly get scars if you pick at your acne,” Freidman said. “If you are going to do it, do it with clean with hands. You are creating a wound."

In Wright’s case, she suspects she contracted staph through hair follicle in her eyebrow. She believes a dirty eyebrow spoolie, the brush attached to her eyebrow pencil, introduced the bacteria.

“Where I made my mistake … I separate my brushes from my product to wash them. I threw my eyebrow pencil with my products instead taking the spoolie with it to clean,” she said.

“I never thought I could get staph on my face,” she said. “You don’t do your eyebrows and think ‘Hey this might make me go blind and give me brain damage.’”

Courtesy Katie Wright
It took a month for the cellulitis to completely heal but Katie Wright's had no problems since.

Wright shared her photos on social media and they recently went viral. While the nickname she earned, “staph girl,” isn’t flattering, she hopes her story will help others.

“I would advise people to wash your brushes,” she said. “If it can happen to me it can happen to anyone.”

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by on Aug. 12, 2017 at 2:07 PM
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captainjack
by Head Admin on Aug. 12, 2017 at 4:05 PM
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have you ever pimples?

Quoting lilkksmom: Yikes this is terrible :-(
Quoting captainjack:

Woman shares infected pimple photo as warning against popping zits

Several months ago, Katie Wright started feeling pain near her eyebrow and noticed a blemish. She tried not to pick at it. But after a few days, it looked bigger and uglier. It never formed a head or started shrinking so she decided to help it. When she got out of the shower, she tried popping it, hoping it would go away.

Instead, it got worse.

“My head just got hotter and hotter and started swelling up. It was unimaginable pain. I thought maybe I irritated my skin too much or pushed too hard,” Wright, 21, told TODAY.

Courtesy Katie Wright
It took several rounds of IV antibiotics to treat the cellulitis Katie Wright got after a dirty eyebrow spoolie introduced staph to her hair follicle.

As the pain intensified she put an ice pack on it, took some ibuprofen, and tried resting. After a night of fitful sleep, she woke up to a frightening sight. Her face was so swollen that her features looked distorted. And, the blemish was oozing.

“I could barely open my eyes,” she said. “The difference in my face it was unreal.”

Wright went to the emergency room at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, where doctors looked at the swollen ooze blemish and knew exactly it was — cellulitis.

“I was unaware of how serious it was,” she said.

Cellulitis is a skin infection caused by bacteria, such as streptococcus or staphylococcus. People carry this bacteria on their skin and it only becomes dangerous when it enters an opening in the skin, such as a popped pimple, cut, or bug bite. It spreads quickly and if it spreads to the eyes or the brain it can cause loss of vision or brain damage.

“I didn’t know that cellulitis could spread to your brain or eyes," Wright said.

Dermatologist Dr. Adam Friedman, who didn’t treat Wright, said he commonly sees patients with infections from skin picking, popping pimples, scratching bug bites, and using dirty make-up brushes.

“It is very easy to get an infection,” he said. “We have over 500 species of bacteria of the skin. When you break the skin, you are putting all the bacteria in the skin.”

Courtesy Katie Wright
Katie Wright shared pictures of herself with an oozy blemish to warn others to clean their make-up brushes to avoid her fate.

Friedman urges people to clean their make-up brushestoss expired make up, and to not pop pimples their pimples. Despite the warning, people pop pimples anyway.

“Hands down, you will certainly get scars if you pick at your acne,” Freidman said. “If you are going to do it, do it with clean with hands. You are creating a wound."

In Wright’s case, she suspects she contracted staph through hair follicle in her eyebrow. She believes a dirty eyebrow spoolie, the brush attached to her eyebrow pencil, introduced the bacteria.

“Where I made my mistake … I separate my brushes from my product to wash them. I threw my eyebrow pencil with my products instead taking the spoolie with it to clean,” she said.

“I never thought I could get staph on my face,” she said. “You don’t do your eyebrows and think ‘Hey this might make me go blind and give me brain damage.’”

Courtesy Katie Wright
It took a month for the cellulitis to completely heal but Katie Wright's had no problems since.

Wright shared her photos on social media and they recently went viral. While the nickname she earned, “staph girl,” isn’t flattering, she hopes her story will help others.

“I would advise people to wash your brushes,” she said. “If it can happen to me it can happen to anyone.”


captainjack
by Head Admin on Aug. 12, 2017 at 4:05 PM

will you pick a pimple again?

Quoting zboys: This
Quoting rainiebelle: I am a pimple popper.


lilkksmom
by Group Admin on Aug. 12, 2017 at 4:08 PM
1 mom liked this
I have but not for sometime now. Knock on wood I've got pretty good skin and I wear face mask too to prevent

Quoting captainjack:

have you ever pimples?

Quoting lilkksmom: Yikes this is terrible :-(

Quoting captainjack:

Woman shares infected pimple photo as warning against popping zits

Several months ago, Katie Wright started feeling pain near her eyebrow and noticed a blemish. She tried not to pick at it. But after a few days, it looked bigger and uglier. It never formed a head or started shrinking so she decided to help it. When she got out of the shower, she tried popping it, hoping it would go away.

Instead, it got worse.

“My head just got hotter and hotter and started swelling up. It was unimaginable pain. I thought maybe I irritated my skin too much or pushed too hard,” Wright, 21, told TODAY.

Courtesy Katie Wright
It took several rounds of IV antibiotics to treat the cellulitis Katie Wright got after a dirty eyebrow spoolie introduced staph to her hair follicle.

As the pain intensified she put an ice pack on it, took some ibuprofen, and tried resting. After a night of fitful sleep, she woke up to a frightening sight. Her face was so swollen that her features looked distorted. And, the blemish was oozing.

“I could barely open my eyes,” she said. “The difference in my face it was unreal.”

Wright went to the emergency room at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, where doctors looked at the swollen ooze blemish and knew exactly it was — cellulitis.

“I was unaware of how serious it was,” she said.

Cellulitis is a skin infection caused by bacteria, such as streptococcus or staphylococcus. People carry this bacteria on their skin and it only becomes dangerous when it enters an opening in the skin, such as a popped pimple, cut, or bug bite. It spreads quickly and if it spreads to the eyes or the brain it can cause loss of vision or brain damage.

“I didn’t know that cellulitis could spread to your brain or eyes," Wright said.

Dermatologist Dr. Adam Friedman, who didn’t treat Wright, said he commonly sees patients with infections from skin picking, popping pimples, scratching bug bites, and using dirty make-up brushes.

“It is very easy to get an infection,” he said. “We have over 500 species of bacteria of the skin. When you break the skin, you are putting all the bacteria in the skin.”

Courtesy Katie Wright
Katie Wright shared pictures of herself with an oozy blemish to warn others to clean their make-up brushes to avoid her fate.

Friedman urges people to clean their make-up brushestoss expired make up, and to not pop pimples their pimples. Despite the warning, people pop pimples anyway.

“Hands down, you will certainly get scars if you pick at your acne,” Freidman said. “If you are going to do it, do it with clean with hands. You are creating a wound."

In Wright’s case, she suspects she contracted staph through hair follicle in her eyebrow. She believes a dirty eyebrow spoolie, the brush attached to her eyebrow pencil, introduced the bacteria.

“Where I made my mistake … I separate my brushes from my product to wash them. I threw my eyebrow pencil with my products instead taking the spoolie with it to clean,” she said.

“I never thought I could get staph on my face,” she said. “You don’t do your eyebrows and think ‘Hey this might make me go blind and give me brain damage.’”

Courtesy Katie Wright
It took a month for the cellulitis to completely heal but Katie Wright's had no problems since.

Wright shared her photos on social media and they recently went viral. While the nickname she earned, “staph girl,” isn’t flattering, she hopes her story will help others.

“I would advise people to wash your brushes,” she said. “If it can happen to me it can happen to anyone.”

Retiredmomof12
by on Aug. 12, 2017 at 4:11 PM
1 mom liked this

no

Quoting captainjack:

yes after this I will not pick anything.  Have you ever got pimples?

Quoting Retiredmomof12:

Yikes. I never had a problem with blemishes, but several of my children did. I strongly advised against picking at them. Leave them alone, keep the skin clean, and they'll go away.


rainiebelle
by Special Friend on Aug. 12, 2017 at 4:21 PM
1 mom liked this
Nope I have never had one infected on me or any of the kids.

Quoting captainjack:

becareful friend has it ever got infected?

Quoting rainiebelle: I am a pimple popper.

diane1968
by Special Friend on Aug. 12, 2017 at 4:30 PM
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sometimes. I would put alcohol to dry them up though.

Quoting captainjack:

do you get pimples?

Quoting diane1968:

Alrighty then.


kika.fleur
by Co-Owner/ Head Admin on Aug. 13, 2017 at 8:17 AM

Nope, I don't pop pimples and I'm good with washing my brushes, 

She's a brave young woman to post that and I am sure a lot of people will be more careful now.

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