Teens use lip balm for new, potentially dangerous trend
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:33:19 GMT —
Teens are flocking to a new fad that they say lets them stay high, and it's done with a product most people have in their pockets.
Many people think of Burt's Bees lip balm as just that - lip balm. But, to a growing number of teenagers and young adults, that lip balm is part of a new viral trend known as 'Beezin.'
Teens are flocking to social media sites like Twitter, YouTube and Facebook with videos of them â??Beezin.' Itâ??s when people apply a light layer of Burtâ??s Bees natural lip balm wax on their eyelids.
Some who do â??Beezinâ?? say it adds to the experience of being drunk or high. Others say it helps them keep alert.
While â??Beezinâ?? may feel good, physicians warn that using the lip balm on oneâ??s eyes could cause potential health effects.
"The peppermint oil in the lip balm is a very strong irritant and can cause inflammation in the eye redness of the eye swelling," Dr. Brett Cauthen told UpNorthLive's sister station
KOKH in Oklahoma City.
The eye is one of the most sensitive parts of the body and â??Beezinâ?? could cause pink eye-like symptoms.
Burtâ??s Bees products claim to be 100 percent natural, but using it for anything other than it's intended purpose could be risky.
â??Our big message is natural does not equate with safety,â?? Dr. Cauthen said.