Doctors are warning parents about a new way teens are getting high, according to Click On Detroit on April 25. According to doctors, teens have been applying an all natural lip balm by the company, Burt’s Bees to their eyelids. By applying this particular brand to the eyelids it has been reported that the lip balm gives them a buzz.
These new trend is called “beezin” which is a play on the Burt’s Bees brand name. User’s report that applying the balm to their eyelids help alert them and keep them awake. Sadly, teens see the words “all natural” and believe the product is 100% safe and will not cause harm. Doctors are warning that beezin’ could cause serious health problems.
According to doctors, using Burt’s Bees lip balm on the eyelid could cause symptoms similar to pink eye. In others it can cause an allergic reaction. Users might feel a burning sensation that could contribute to a possible infection. Any of these issues could develop into a life threatening condition, even loss of eyesight.
Burt’s Bees lip balm contains peppermint oil. While the peppermint oil is safe when tingling on the skin of the lips, the oil is not safe and become an irritant when absorbed In the eyelids. Doctors are urging parents to educate their teens and if they notice any redness or swelling of the eyelids they should seek medical assistance immediately.
The NY Daily News states that various social media outlets were flooded on Friday with photos of teens using tubes of Burt’s Bees for selfie purposes in which many believe to be a joke about the alarming use of the lip balm. Burt’s Bees has not confirmed whether or not the trend is a prank, but a representative has urged Burt’s Bees lip balm users to use it for its intended purpose; lips and lips only.
Just because something is natural, doesn’t mean it should go near our eyes. Agree or disagree? Sound off in the comments below.