Like most girls her age, 16-year-old Tylah Durie enjoyed experimenting with makeup, hair dye, and beauty products on a regular basis. One day, she heard about a way to permanently darken eyebrows using a particular hair dye. While she had done it before, she had never used this particular brand before.
The instructions on every beauty product insists on a doing a “patch test,” or putting a small amount of product on a small area of your body to see if there is an allergic reaction, before putting a product in large amounts around sensitive areas. Because Tylah had never had a problem with beauty products before, she skipped this step and applied the brow dye…which turned out to be a horrific mistake! She washed the product off after ten minutes, proud of the new color on her eyebrows…but just thirty minutes after applying the product, her eyebrows began to itch and burn.
I woke up almost blind because of the reaction, my eyes had blown up like huge balloons, I was crying and screaming. It was like having beach sand thrown in your eyeballs and not being able to get it out, then a stinging like razor blades on my eyebrows,” she said.
It turned out that Tylah was allergic to a chemical in the dye called paraphenylenediamine (PPD), which had never been in any other product that she had used.
Doctors told her that she had suffered an unusual, severe reaction to the chemical which resulted in chemical burns that could have easily blinded her. They prescribed powerful antihistamines, but she formed blisters in her eyebrows and lost her eyelashes. In extreme cases, some reactions may even cause anaphylactic shock.While she has recovered, she hopes that her story will raise awareness about the importance of doing patch tests. Doctors have told her that future reactions may be even stronger and could prove to be deadly.Always do a patch test…or even better, visit a qualified professional.
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