UK doctor Almas Ahmed has unveiled an innovation that could protect us from acid attacks, according to a report published by The Independent.
Currently awaiting approval from the Medicines and Healthcare Products regulatory Agency, Ahmed has developed a non-reactive compound designed to be added to make up and protect the wearer from disfigurement as a result of contact with caustic materials or fire-related injuries. The product is slated for launch in summer 2019.
The compound can be added to new or pre-owned make-up. “It works very well. It blends like a normal foundation. You can apply it to different things, like eyeliners, mascaras, lipsticks and nail varnishes,” Ahmed told The Independent.
Ahmed was originally inspired Katie Piper, who suffered severe injuries at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, and prompted to revisit her invention by the rise in acid attacks in the past year. The UK has one of the highest rates of recorded acid attacks in the world, with an average of two occurring per day.