Chemical Peel Gone Wrong?

Was Bethany Storro's self-inflicted “acid attack” a chemical peel gone wrong?   Boy, I hope not.

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That was my first thought when I read that she’d confessed to doing it herself.  Maybe she applied a chemical peel that was too strong, and she got scared and went to the hospital.  Then, too embarassed to say she'd messed up a chemical peel, she pinned it on someone else.  Okay, that's just my take on it, but I know there are many people who inflict pain on themselves.

She had told police she was on her way to buy a cup of coffee at Starbucks when a woman approached her and said "hey pretty girl, do you want to drink this?" before throwing the liquid at her face.  Ms. Storro said that someone  had helped her, and she told police the woman was African American and aged in her late 20s.

But as the police were investigating the incident, they found inconsistencies in the 28-year-old’s story and became suspicious: they said the burn patterns appeared to be more consistent with a rubbed-on application rather than thrown. When police searched her home, she admitted she had made the whole thing up.

I wonder what kind of acid she used?  Doctors said (at the time) it was as strong as sulphuric or hydrochloric acid.

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