An influencer has claimed that a popular TikTok freckle ‘hack’ has left her scarred and made her temporarily lose her vision.
Tilly Whitfield, who has appeared on Australia’s Big Brother, has taken to Instagram to explain to followers why she was seen wearing a blue mask throughout her time on the show.
She wrote: “For those asking why I have my blue clay face mask on continuously throughout the show this is what my face looked like a week prior to entering the house hence why I always have makeup on and my skin is always covered.
“This is the result of attempting to remove scarring I inflicted on myself trying to replicate an at-home beauty procedure I saw on a TikTok video 2 months before Big Brother. Who bloody else would manage to do such a thing?
“This is deep below surface level scarring and dark pigmentation, whilst I’m fortunate enough to not have keloid scarring and the surface of my skin is smooth, the pigmentation is very dark and obvious.
“I literally shoved needles deep into my skin, this is not a rash.”
The 21-year-old then warned her 77,000 followers to not attempt any beauty hacks they see on social media.
Whitfield added: “Please please don’t try any ‘DIY’ or ‘at home’ beauty procedures. I ended up in hospital with a temporary loss of vision in my eye due to swelling and was very sick from the infection, not to mention my face was somewhat unrecognisable. Leave it to the professionals.”
In an interview with New York Times, the influencer explained that the particular TikTok trend she copied involved the use of ink and needles, which would give her fake freckles.
According to the clip she saw, the freckles would fade within six months. However, it didn’t specify which ink to use. So the reality TV star just ordered a brown tattoo ink online.
Whitfield has ended up paying $12,000 (£8,000) in medical fees to repair the damage.
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