Big Brother’s Tilly Said She Had Vision Loss & Scarring After Trying A TikTok Freckle Hack

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In reason #813720 why you should leave beauty procedures to the professionals, Big Brother‘s Tilly Whitfeld has revealed what kind of TikTok hack it was that caused the deep scarring on her face.

After being asked why she always wore a clay face mask on the show, Tilly explained to Big Brother fans on Instagram that she damaged her skin trying out a TikTok beauty tip.

“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 two months before Big Brother,” Tilly shared last month, attaching photos of the scarring.

Tilly said things got so bad she ended up in hospital with a temporary loss of vision (!) due to the swelling on her face.

You might want to keep scrolling if you’re a bit on the squeamish side.


At the time, Tilly didn’t share which TikTok hack she tried, she just warned her followers to stay far, far away from DIY or home beauty procedures.

“Leave it to the professionals,” she said.

However, in a new interview with the New York Times about the dangers of online beauty tips, Tilly revealed she had been trying to achieve a ~ faux freckles ~ look.

The TikTok – and my stomach soured when I read this – showed people how to give themselves faux freckles by using sewing needles and ink. If done correctly (???), the freckles would fade within six months.

Tilly gave it a go, but since the video didn’t specify what kind of ink to buy she just ordered some off eBay. Nothing about the procedure hurt at first, so Tilly said she kept shoving the needles deep into her skin, as instructed in the video. But instead of seeing faux freckles, her face swelled up.

Turns out the ink she had purchased off eBay was a counterfeit product and had heaps of lead in it.

“This [scarring] is deep below surface level scarring and dark pigmentation,” Tilly explained on Instagram. “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.”

To this day, Tilly isn’t sure how to get rid of the scarring. She told the newspaper that laser treatment isn’t an option because doctors said the ink will turn black, instead of fading. So far, she’s spent $12,000 on trips to the doctor.

I – I have no words.

Although, yes, Tilly is well aware that what she did was fucking stupid. Now if you excuse me, I need to go and splash some water on my face.