by 👩💻 Alice Monroe
One of the most worrying trends to emerge in UK crime in recent years is that of acid attacks. As sinister as they sound, these attacks are stacking up by the hundreds year on year, and can lead to serious disfigurement and pain for those who are on the receiving end. One of the most famous survivors of an acid attack, media personality, campaigner and model Katie Piper, continues to support burn victims – and it is her own case which has helped to re-inspire the ongoing development of a protective make-up which could act as a barrier against acid.
Dr Almas Ahmed, who has been steadily developing a formula which can be used as part of everyday make-up to help resist the threat of acid, has been inspired to continue developing her project as a result of a reported increase in acid attacks in the UK in recent years. In the first half of 2017, it is thought that up to 400 attacks were recorded in the country, which is showing a worrying trend upwards in prevalence. UK law has in recent times clamped down on the availability of acid as a result, but it’s clear that more needs to be done.
Dr Ahmed’s formula, which may be used in applications such as lipstick and foundation, is thought to provide a resistant barrier against the threat of acid and disfigurement. It’s a waterproof compound which also arrives with a high enough boiling point to prevent severe burns from occurring in wearers. Certainly, it’s an invention which could work well to inspire confidence in such uncertain times.
Speaking with BBC Radio 5 Live, Dr Ahmed stated that it has been a long-running project which has been inspired by recent events. “I started developing this when I was in medical school and I kind of forgot about the issue,” she advised. “This summer, when there was lots of acid attacks in the news, it made me want to revisit the idea and finish it off. That’s why I have come to this stage now – it’s because it is an issue for me, living in this country.”
Dr Ahmed is waiting for the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve of her invention – though she is confident of its ability. “It works very well – it blends like a normal foundation. You can apply it to different things, like eyeliners, mascaras, lipsticks and nail varnishes.” There’s every chance we may see the product hit UK shelves at the least next summer.