Women Are Marked With DIY Freckles Messed Up By TikTok Beauty Trend

Young ladies are scarred by DIY messed up freckles after injecting henna or black ink on their cheeks in TikTok’s beauty trend

  • Videos on TikTok show people using henna to give themselves stylish freckles
  • The trend is believed to have been inspired by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
  • Clinics have reported an increase in women seeking help after work

Experts raised safety concerns about a TikTok beauty trend that saw young women disfigured after creating DIY tattoo freckles.

Videos posted on the social media platform show people using needles to inject points of henna or black ink on their nose and cheeks, believed to have been inspired by the Duchess of Sussex’s natural freckles.

But clinics have reported an increase in the number of women needing expensive tattoo removal treatment after failed jobs that trigger allergic reactions and run the risk of permanent scarring.

Clinics have reported an increase in the number of women needing expensive tattoo removal treatment after a failed job

Clinics have reported an increase in the number of women needing expensive tattoo removal treatment after a failed job

Laura Kay, a permanent makeup artist based in London who specializes in applying eyebrows, eyeliner and lipstick, said: “I would not recommend getting tattoos. People who do unlicensed home tattoos are known as scratchers and it is not legal. .

“Tattoo artists must have a license and do-it-yourself tattoos pose a real risk of HIV or hepatitis.”

Bottles of black ink, advertised as “DIY Fake Tattoo Freckles” cost just £ 5.70 online, while plant-based henna can irritate the skin.

Australian reality TV star Tilly Whitfield went viral last year after her DIY attempt to fake freckles, using lead-based ink copied from TikTok, left her with permanent scars and temporary loss. of sight in one eye. And a young British TikToker who tried henna freckles said it took hours to rub the black spot from her face.

“I used the wrong henna – it came out darker than expected,” said the girl, who asked not to be named following online abuse when she revealed what had happened.

This is believed to have been inspired by the Duchess of Sussex's natural freckles

This is believed to have been inspired by the Duchess of Sussex’s natural freckles

Permanent makeup specialist Sian Dellar, who lives on Harley Street in London, said most of those who applied the fake freckles were between the ages of 18 and 25, adding: “There was a time where people wanted to hide their freckles, but now people really want them and it was Meghan Markle who sparked the demand. ‘

Ms Dellar offers a ‘Markle Sparkle’ semi-permanent treatment – which costs £ 295, creates a sprinkling of freckles along the nose and cheekbones. But she warned against people trying it on their own at home. “DIY tattoos carry a huge risk of infection and could cause severe scarring,” she said. “We saw an increase in laser tattoo removal in the clinic when these DIY tattoos went wrong.”

Removing freckles can involve several skin repair sessions, each priced in excess of £ 300.

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