Like many of us, ‘Big Brother’ star Tilly Whitfield has been the victim of a trendy ‘beauty hack’ on TikTok .

The trend in question is aimed at helping you achieve a natural freckle look through makeup, henna, or tattoo ink.

Instead of using henna like many do (and not always with positive effects), Whitfield used a sewing needle to poke brown tattoo ink she had bought on eBay into her skin.

Whitfield didn’t mention which particular TikToker had led her astray, but henna is the most popular method used to achieve the look.

How did Tilly Whitfield heal while trying to tattoo freckles on her face?

Whitfield’s method took the henna trend to a whole new level by pricking ink in her face with needles.

Not knowing what to buy exactly, as the video didn’t make it clear, Whitfield explained that she bought what she believed to be brown tattoo ink on eBay. The ink she bought, however, turned out to be fake.

In a conversation with The New York Times, Whitfield said the process “didn’t hurt at all, so I didn’t think I had to stop.”

Whitfield had appeared in the Australian version of ‘Big Brother’ wearing a clay face mask with the intention of covering up the scars on her face caused by her unfortunate attempt at DIY with freckles gone awry.

Then, in multiple Instagram photos , Whitfield revealed photos of her scars with the caption, “The result of an attempted scar removal that I self-inflicted while trying to replicate an at-home beauty procedure that I have.” seen on a TikTok video ”.

Whitfield continued, “Please don’t try ‘DIY’ or ‘at home’ beauty procedures. I ended up in the hospital with temporary loss of vision in my eyes due to swelling and I was very sick from the infection, not to mention my face was somewhat unrecognizable. Leave it to the professionals. ” 

Although the video she watched indicated that the scars would disappear in six months, unfortunately that was not the case.

She later found out, after extensive scarring, that the ink she was using contained high levels of lead.

In his attempts to repair his freckles and the damage caused by them, Whitfield has already spent € 12,000 on trips to the doctor. They told him that even laser tattoo removal would not work because it is likely to darken freckles.

Whitfield said: “The main answer has been that I am stupid and, yes, I agree. “

The rise of DIY skin care trends is worrying doctors like dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Dendy Engelman.

Dr Engelman told the New York Times: “I think it could be worse than other platforms because people are really looking to create content with this wow factor, which will go viral, even if it isn’t. not based on science .

The “wow factor” in question seems to be doing more harm than good. Whitfield is still trying to find a solution to what looks like permanent damage to his face.

These so called TikTok experts are not your friends here, they are just trying to make money and content without talking to the experts first.

Listen to Whitfield and ‘leave it to the professionals’.

They know what they’re doing and we sure don’t.

Along with the ugly freckle tendency, Dr Engelman says there are others we should avoid, like putting drops of petroleum jelly on your skin overnight to promote hydration. It “just sets you up for exacerbating clogged pores and rashes,” she added.

Among the worst trends at home is microneedling, which punctures the skin with needles to create new collagen.

There are so many things wrong with this, but the biggest issue is how clean the needles are.

“If you apply hard enough to your skin it can lead to a change in color, a change in texture, and scarring, which essentially makes what you’re trying to make better like fine lines and acne scars worse,” he said. said Dr Engelman.

Next time you see a TikTok trend that you’d like to try, maybe think twice, it might save your skin.

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