A doctor invented acid-resistant make-up after being inspired by an acid attack victim and eliminating Strictly Come Dancing star Katie Piper.
Dr. Almas Ahmed, 32, says she has spent the last decade developing a chemical that can be used in cosmetics to protect wearers from acid burns.
She claims that the compound known as "Acarrier" has been developed so that it does not react with caustic substances such as acid.
It's currently being incorporated into a base cream, but Dr. Ahmed hopes to develop a moisturizer and sunscreen in the near future.
In the UK, acid attacks have increased in recent years – in London alone in 2016 there were 450, twice as many as in 2014.
Dr. Ahmed is ambitious for their product, which is liquid-tight and can withstand heat up to 400 ° C. One day, it hopes to make a firm moisturizer.
Dr. Almas Ahmed says she has developed a compound that is liquid-tight, does not react with acid and withstands the heat of up to 400 ° C that she wants to contain in make-up and skin creams to protect people from acid attacks
Dr. Ahmed from Bradford, West Yorkshire was thrilled when he first heard about Katie Piper in 2008.
The TV personality suffered severe burns after being thrown into her face on the orders of her ex-boyfriend, who is still in jail for the crime, even though the attacker was released.
Dr. Ahmed has invested £ 60,000 of their own money in development and hopes It will soon be approved by UK drug regulatory agencies and available to women worldwide.
She said, "The idea came first when I was at the university listening to news from Katie Piper.
"It was really heartbreaking and I remember talking to my sister about it.
"She knew it was a problem in Asian countries. She told me more about it, so I started developing this product.
"It's basically just a foundation, it looks, feels, smells and works like normal make-up, but it's absolutely heat and acid resistant.
"You can not burn it and it will not blow."
Katie Piper suffered severe burns and scars on her face after someone threw acid into her face in 2008 under the command of her ex-boyfriend. She has a successful TV personality and recently joined Strictly Come Dancing
The foundation consists of very strong bonds that make the structure impenetrable. It is also waterproof against liquids that come in contact with it.
The make-up also has a high heat resistance, so that it can not be melted at temperatures up to 400 ° C.
Acid attacks are when someone throws a corrosive liquid at another person and the chemical burns their skin.
It can be extremely painful and cause permanent disfigurement and scarring.
After completing medical school, Dr. Ahmed her career as a research physician in neurosurgery.
She then spent four years in medical research working on over 45 clinical trials.
Dr. Ahmed now works as a freelance senior investigator at Discogel, a company that manufactures gel prostheses for discs.
However, she designed Acarrier outside of work and hopes to continue working on cosmetic protection products.
Dr. Ahmed said, "I hope that acid and normal burns are a thing of the past for this product.
Dr. Ahmed says that their composition is made up of molecules with extremely strong bonds, and she hopes one day to invent a moisturizer that can be made resistant to the same principles
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IN A SAID ATTACK?
Burns from acid and other chemicals can be very serious – always call 999 if someone has been attacked with chemicals.
After calling an ambulance, you can best help remove as much of the chemical as possible.
Wash the substance with clean water from the skin, do not rub or wipe off the water and do not leave it on the body.
Remove all clothing containing the chemical. If possible, you should put the clothes over someone else's head if you distribute the acid. If necessary, cut off the clothes.
Do not touch the chemical or something that has been contaminated by it, as this could be a danger to the victim or the helper.
Continue to rinse the affected area with water and follow the other instructions from the emergency call handlers until the paramedics arrive.
"In addition to intentional damage, it can also cause accidents If you spill your tea, do not burn your chin.
"It stays swimming and protects you from the sun, so it's really versatile."
The product is currently being tested in India. The next step is the approval of the UK Regulatory Agency for Medicines and Health Products.
Dr. Ahmed says the formulation of the product has used up her life and she has put a large amount of her own money into the product.
She said, "It feels good to get to this stage, but it is unhappy in society, it has become more of a problem.
"I never thought we would have this problem in England.
"It's kind of bittersweet because I want it to work and help people, but I did not want our society to live that way and be scared."
She said she chose make-up as it is a "normal" part of life.
Dr. Ahmed also has ambitious plans to create a body armor moisturizer that she thinks could be stabbed.
About the acid-resistant make-up Dr. Ahmed said, "There is nothing else than wearing a helmet.
"Unfortunately, because of changes in society, we can not stop living our lives.
"We can not live in fear either, and hopefully people will wear it and feel empowered and safe to go out."
She is now collecting money to be used in the final stages of testing and regulating the product, and also hopes to assist the victims of the acid attacks in her recovery.