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Ladies, if you apply your makeup with a makeup brush, this article is a must read!

Recently, a 21-year-old Texas woman named Katie learned the hard way you should always wash your makeup brushes.

The young woman noticed a blemish near her eyebrow and tried to pop what she thought was a pimple, however, immediately following the incident, her face began to swell.

A trip to the emergency room yielded a diagnosis. Katie actually had a Staph infection. Left untreated, a Staph infection can lead to death.

While what happened to Katie is rare, truth be told, it could happen to anyone. This story is a good reminder to wash your makeup brushes often and keep your face clean.

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