Whether you prefer makeup sponges or Beauty and the Beast brushes, there’s one thing they all share: Your beauty tools need to be washed. If you don’t already clean your brushes religiously, one woman’s trip to the ER might convince you to change your ways.

Katie Wright had what she thought was a pimple on her face, and when she picked it, her entire face swelled up so much that she had to visit the ER. And she believes it was all caused by not washing her eyebrow spoolie.

Wright shared the incident in a Twitter post, writing: “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 [sic] 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.”

Thankfully, the doctors were able to solve the problem and save Wright’s life. Now, she’s started a GoFundMe for her medical bills and sharing her story, in the hopes that others can avoid something similar. This is definitely one lesson you do not want to learn the hard way.

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(h/t Refinery29; photos via Getty)