Women Are Scared By Failed DIY Freckles From TikTok’s Beauty Trend



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Young women are scarred by botched DIY 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 trendy freckles
  • The trend is believed to have been inspired by the Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex
  • Clinics have reported an increase in the number of women seeking help after work

Experts have raised concerns about a TikTok beauty trend where young women are disfigured after making homemade freckle tattoos.

Videos posted to the social media platform show people using needles to inject dots of henna or black ink onto their noses and cheeks, believed to be inspired by the Duchess of Sussex’s natural freckles.

But clinics have reported an increase in the number of women requiring expensive tattoo removal treatments after job failures that cause allergic reactions and risk permanent scarring.

Clinics have reported an increase in the number of women requiring expensive tattoo removal treatments after job failures

Laura Kay, a permanent makeup artist based in London who specializes in applying eyebrows, eyeliner and lipstick, said: ‘I wouldn’t recommend getting freckles tattooed. People who do tattoos at home without a license are known as scratchers, which is not legal.

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

Bottles of black ink, advertised as ‘DIY Tattoo Fake Freckles’, sell online for just £5.70, while plant-based henna can irritate the skin.

Australian reality TV star Tilly Whitfield went viral last year after her DIY attempt at fake freckles, using lead-based ink copied from TikTok, left her with permanent scars and temporary vision loss in one eye. had left behind. 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 after 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, based in London’s Harley Street, said most people who applied fake freckles were between the ages of 18 and 25, adding: “There was a time when people wanted to hide their freckles, but now people really want them. and it was Meghan Markle who sparked the question.”

Mrs Dellar offers a semi-permanent ‘Markle Sparkle’ treatment – which costs £295, and helps to build up freckles along the nose and cheekbones. But she warned that people shouldn’t try it for themselves at home. “Do-it-yourself tattoos carry a huge risk of infection and can cause severe scarring,” she said. “We’ve seen an increase in laser tattoo removal in the clinic when these homemade tattoos have gone wrong.”

Freckle removal can involve several skin repair sessions, each costing over £300.

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