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Teens risk health with lip balm from Burt’s Bees

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lip balm from Burt’s Bees

Teenagers are putting their health at risk with a dangerous new trend that involves a lip balm from Burt’s Bees. Doctors are warning parents and others about the new way teens have found to get buzzed, and they are listing the risks involved. The issue was initially reported by Fox 25, KOKH-TV with Dr. Brett Cauthen explaining that teens have been putting the lip balm on their eyelids.

Beezin with Burt’s Bees lip balm

The disturbing new trend is being called “beezin,” and teens have been posting videos online to show how they are using the Burt’s Bees lip balm. They are applying it to their eyelids in layers and claim it makes sensations stronger. Some view this as a way to get buzzed without the risk of using stronger methods.

The dangers of beezin

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Burt’s Bees lip balm has peppermint oil, and this can create a burning sensation on the eyelids. However, some teenagers are apparently enjoying this side effect and deliberately applying the balm. The company does not recommend using the lip balm on or near the eyes because it is not designed for this sensitive body area.

Doctors worry about the impact on the teens’ eyes from using the lip balm inappropriately because it can cause irritation. Some people may have a serious skin reaction because they are not following the directions recommended by the manufacturer. They caution parents to pay attention to their teens and any eye irritation they may develop.

Trend or prank?

Despite several videos of teens applying the lip balm appearing on YouTube, some people believe the trend may actually be a prank and not common among teenagers. Burt’s Bees cannot provide any statistics on how many people have misused its lip balm or complained about eye irritation. In addition, state health departments do not have any data on the trend because it is new. Even if the trend turns out to be a joke, doctors are not concerned about wasting their time by issuing warnings because there are teenagers foolish enough to try putting lip balm on their eyelids.

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