A Big Brother contestant was hospitalized after trying a TikTok beauty hack, and she’s still recovering from its horrific effects as she continues on in the show.
Tilly Whitfield, part of season 13 of the Australian version of Big Brother, posted to her Instagram account on Friday to raise awareness about what happened.
“For those asking why I have my blue clay face mask on continuously through out the show this is what my face looked like a week prior to entering the house hence why I always have makeup on and my skin is always covered,” she wrote.
She went on to reveal, “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.” (Based on this latest season commencing in April, this would have been in February.)
In an addendum to her original post, she clarified, “I literally shoved needles deep into my skin” on a TikToker’s recommendation.
Whitfield offered herself up as a cautionary tale, saying, “Please please don’t try any ‘DIY’ or ‘at-home’ beauty procedures.”
“I ended up in [the] hospital with temporary loss of vision in my eye due to swelling and was very sick from the infection,” she added, “not to mention my face was somewhat unrecognisable. Leave it to the professionals.”
Whitfield revealed what happened to Big Brother fans in Australia on a recent episode of the show. According to the Australian News Review, she confided to housemate Melissa McGorman, “I acupunctured my face recently and I’ve got scars all over.”
“Do you do it often and does it hurt?’ McGorman asked.
“No,” Whitfield responded, “I shouldn’t have done it. I copied a TikTok video and my whole face is scarred.”
Some on Instagram offered advice for how to treat the scarring, with one imploring, “OMG, gurl, get it to a laser skin clinic and get that scaring (sic) treated while it’s still red. Will make a world of difference.”
Others just offered well wishes and support, with one noting, “You still brighten our screens and we love you for it. ”