When pimple popping turns ugly and dangerous

An hour after picking her pimple, Katie's face had swelled up.
Katie Wright, Facebook

An hour after picking her pimple, Katie's face had swelled up.

Maybe this will finally end the horror that is pimple-popping videos.

A Texas woman's "pimple" she tried to pop turned out to be cellulitis, a staph infection which in rare cases can lead to organ failure and death. 

Katie Wright, 21, posted before and after photos on Twitter as a warning to others after her beauty mishap turned into a life-threatening situation.

"Within an hour my entire face swelled up and HURT," she wrote on Twitter. "It felt like something was going to burst out of my skin."

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Wright went to the emergency room and was told that because the infection was on her face there was chance it could spread to her brain or eye, causing blindness. 

She has since been treated and has recovered but her tweet continues to travel the web, shared by concerned beauty and skincare afficionados. 

The takeaway is this: don't pop your pimples. Ever. If your pimple is bothering you and has an obvious whitehead, you may warm the skin and squeeze gently. Then leave it alone.

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Wright has started a GoFundMe page to raise funds for her treatment.

 - Stuff

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