In a skin treatment gone wrong, a Bradford woman suffered third-degree burns to her face that were so severe doctors told her she could go blind.
When Farnaz Khan’s father, Hadayat, suffered a stroke in 2016 aged 61, the resulting stress caused his skin to break out with acne and hyperpigmentation.
Farnaz spoke to a practitioner and was recommended a plasma treatment which she hoped would clear up her skin – but was hospitalized after suffering third degree burns.
She spoke exclusively to Daily Star about the emotional toll the burns took on her.
Worse still, strangers eyed her every time she left the house.
“I was very depressed, my mother cried when she saw my face. I cried for months! In fact, I thought I was disfigured for life. It was scary, my anxiety exploded”, she told us.
“I stopped attending parties, events and weddings. I felt like every time I was out in public people noticed my face despite trying to put it down. cover with camouflage makeup.The pigmentation was so bad that it still showed.
“Strangers looked shocked, horrified, so I couldn’t come out as it would make me aware that I am attracting unwanted attention.
“Even with the camo on it was still noticeable and I looked like I had two black eyes.”
Farnaz’s father’s health was so poor that he was bedridden and required constant care.
She said there were a lot of late nights and constant stress, which made her skin “terrible”.
“My skin was terrible, my eyes got really puffy and my confidence was at rock bottom, so I wanted to find something I could do to get it back,” she said.
“I had pain throughout the treatment but the practitioner told me it was normal. The burning sensation continued afterwards but she just told me to take paracetamol.
“I woke up the next morning and my whole face was sore and extremely swollen. In the evening I went to the hospital and had to spend the night there.”
Farnaz was told by doctors they were ‘extremely concerned’ she could lose her sight as a result of the burns – and that she had severe scarring on her face.
She explained: “My heart was broken, I thought I was disfigured for life. When my mother saw my face, she burst into tears.
After being discharged from hospital and narrowly escaping sight loss, Farnaz continued to contact the skincare practitioner – who began dodging his pleas.
“All I wanted was help to get my face back to normal. I tried calling her for three weeks until her husband contacted me and told me to stop harassing her. woman,” she shared.
“I couldn’t believe it, I was completely on my own dealing with huge dark spots and hyperpigmentation under my eyes.”
Farnaz explains that long-lasting damage meant her skin became extremely sensitive and most of the skincare products she used caused new breakouts and damaged her skin barrier.
She was determined not to give up and she wanted to find a solution for her dark spots. So she found her own formula.
“My skin was like cling film, I couldn’t even put on makeup without having a blast. I decided my skin needed a break from the chemicals and started making my own oil with only natural ingredients,” Farnaz said.
“It turned out to be the best thing I could do. I’ve spent months and the best part of a few thousand on skincare products and something I did myself gave my face back.
“I was excited and smitten at the same time. My family started asking to use my oil and it got rid of acne on my daughter, niece and sisters.
Farnaz continued to develop his house oil and launched his own skin care brand called SCX Global.
Since launching the brand, her goal has been to help others like her with sensitive skin while working with local food banks to provide meals to those in need.
SXC harnesses the power of nature to bring out the best in you with clean, vegan, and cruelty-free beauty products.
“My dad had a passion for helping people and that’s something he instilled in me. I lost my father to COVID in 2020 after he was bedridden for four years, and I promised him that I would continue to honor him in heaven,” she said.
“We donate at least three meals to those in need for every order and have already donated hundreds of food packs and wheelchairs. I want to expand my business globally and help as many people as possible .”
To learn more, visit the SXC Global website here.
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