There's a new dangerous fad going around with teens, and the product used can be found easily, cheaply and legally. Fox Carolina reported the story on April 25.
Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm is one of the best lip balms on the market-when it's used properly. Teens have found another use for the lip balm, and officials want teens, as well as their parents, to know the product can cause blindness when misused.
Burt's Lip Balm contains beeswax, vitamin E and peppermint. It's an excellent product when used as the label directs. As with many simple products, teens are experimenting with new ways to catch a buzz. The latest fad is to use Burt's Bees on the eyelids, where the peppermint is supposed to give the user the feeling of being 'high' or 'drunk.'
It's used to enhance the effect of a teens drug of choice, whether it be alcohol, pot or ecstasy.
Toxicologist Kelly Johnson-Arbor says the practice is called 'Beezin,' and can lead to pink-eye or even blindness.
The balm can also be a transmitter for the herpes virus. If a teen uses the lip balm on a cold sore, then allows a friend to take a dip for the eyes, the herpes virus may be present in the balm.
Parents are told to watch their teens for physical signs of Beezin. These include
*redness around the eyes
*personality changes such as being more secretive
*dropping out of activities
Phoenix Center in Greenville staff member Elizabeth Serricchio says there's hope to keep your teen away from doing things that may endanger their health
"If they have a role model who they look up to they are going to be less likely to go into those pitfalls."
Please share this article with parents. Since Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm is a legally purchased product, making it readily available, parents should be extra attentive. Be on the lookout for the teens in your life who display any of the symptoms listed above,