After a freckle hack she saw on TikTok led to scarring and vision loss, Australian Big Brother star Tilly Whitfeld recommends that people “leave it to the professionals”.
Fans of Big Brother may recall often seeing Whitfeld wearing a blue clay face mask. Whitfeld admits now that she was using the mask in an attempt to both hide and heal red patches across her cheeks and nose.
“[It was] 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,” Whitfeld wrote in an Instagram caption accompanying several close-ups of the skin damage that resulted from the hack.
“Please please don’t try any ‘DIY’ or ‘at home’ beauty procedures. I ended up in hospital with temporary loss of vision in my eye due to swelling and was very sick from the infection, not to mention my face was somewhat unrecognizable. Leave it to the professionals 🌈🦄✨” continued the caption.
“I literally shoved needles deep into my skin this is not a rash” Whitfeld concludes.
The caption itself does not reveal what Whitfeld was attempting to do, but the influencer offered additional insight in an interview with the New York Times, in which she describes attempting to give herself faux freckles.
The exact video she was referencing is unknown, but the basic procedure within the faux freckle trend typically involves self-tattooing using henna ink. Whitfeld herself used brown tattoo ink that was later revealed to have high levels of lead in it, according to her NYT interview.
In the same NYT piece, gastroenterologist Dr. Niket Sonpa advises people to reach out to a professional instead of attempting hacks like these at home. “You have a lot of people claiming to be experts who have no real consequences for giving really bad advice. We can counsel and educate you for more than 60 seconds.”