A beauty fan has vowed to stick to ‘drawing’ on her eyebrows after two horror reactions to at-home tinting kits saw her face double in size and left her looking like she’d ‘been beaten up’.
Stephanie Davies’ took photographs of the reaction, after her entire face ballooned in size after reportedly colouring her eyebrows with two different brands of products on separate occasions.
The 20-year-old said she’d used one of the drugstore tints for a year problem-free, so didn’t patch test before topping up her tint.
The mental health support worker was initially happy with the results, but claims her eyebrows became itchy within a few hours.
Stephanie said she woke up the next day with a grossly swollen and burnt face and her eyes were weeping ‘green goo’ – leaving her needing steroids and antibiotics from her GP.
The reaction was so extreme that her manager at the time reportedly ordered her to go home for fear she would ‘scare customers’.
Having avoided at-home tints for two years following the first reaction in July 2018, Stephanie decided to try another product last week hoping it was an adverse reaction to that brand.
Stephanie slapped on a different brand of tint – also available on the high street – on October 25th, but started to suffer a similar reaction and rang 111 where an operator suggested taking allergy tablets.
Beauty lover Stephanie has since decided to speak out about her ordeal to ensure no-one else suffers like she has – and is urging people to always carry out patch tests, even if they’ve used a brand before.
The two brands concerned both commented, saying they did have patch test advice on their packaging, urging people to do so at least 48 hours before the full application.
Stephanie, from Cefn Hengoed, Swansea, said: ‘My face doubled in size, it looked like I’d been beaten up.
‘I didn’t recognise myself – I looked like a completely different person, it was awful.
‘I had to peel my eyelids open because they were folded over and my eyebrows felt rock hard and brittle, some hairs fell off.
‘I love beauty, I always wear eyelashes and make-up but I couldn’t for a week, I wouldn’t go out like that.’
Stephanie used to get her eyebrows tinted at a salon, but decided to do it herself about three years ago.
Once a month for a year she used the first product, but it wasn’t until July 2018 that she suffered problems, around an hour after applying the tint.
It initially presented itself as itchy eyebrows, but she woke up the next morning unable to open her eyes and began to panic.
Stephanie said: ‘I put it on one night and I was fine. I was itching through the night but didn’t think anything of it.
‘The next morning I couldn’t open my eyes and there was green goo coming out of them, like conjunctivitis. My face swelled up so much and all my ears and my throat was sore.’
After her doctor prescribed steroids, it took around a week for the reaction to die down.
Then, deciding to try a different brand more recently, a similar thing happened again.
‘I did my eyebrows at home recently, this time I used a different brand. I just thought I’d give it a go,’ said Stephanie.
‘I was fine for about three hours but then the same thing happened again, it started to itch and I started swelling up again. I remember thinking “oh god it’s happening again”, but luckily it was nowhere near as bad this time.’
Thankfully this time around the ordeal was solved with some over-the-counter allergy medication, Stephanie has vowed never to tint her eyebrows ever again, and instead will stick to using an eyebrow pencil.
Stephanie said: ‘I would say to anyone who does have their eyebrows done, to patch test 48 hours beforehand because it can take a while for a reaction to happen.’
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