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Teens are Using Burt’s Bees Lip Balm to get High

Update Date: Apr 26, 2014 10:05 AM EDT
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When children become teenagers, they enter a new phase in life filled with many changes. Social pressures can greatly influence teenagers' many questionable choices. According to reports found on the Internet, teenagers today have found yet another way to get high. Instead of sniffing glue or taking cough syrup, teenagers are putting Burt's Bees lip balm on their eyelids, which creates a tingly and stingy sensation.

"It's the peppermint oil that's causing the burning sensation and I suppose some people think that is kind of funny," Dr. Brett Cauthen said according to FOX 25 KOKH-TV in Oklahoma City. "The peppermint oil in the lip balm is a very strong irritant and can cause inflammation in the eye, redness of the eye, swelling,"

Based on the reports found through social media, teenagers are calling this new and potentially dangerous trend, "beezin," in reference to the lip balm's brand name. When the product is placed directly on the eyelids, it creates a similar effect as being high or drunk. Some of the reports state that "beezin" helps them stay awake and alert.

The manufacturer of Burt's Bees lip balm has not addressed whether or not this latest trend is a farce. However, a representative from the company has stated that their product is meant for lips and should not be used elsewhere.

"There are lots of natural things that probably shouldn't go in eyes - dirt, twigs, leaves, food - and our lip balm. Burt's Bees tests all of its products, including the Beeswax Lip Balm, to ensure they are safe for their intended use," the representative wrote to the New York Daily News. "We recommend that people use our products as directed and we will make every effort to ensure that the intended use of our lip balm is clearly communicated."

Burt's Bees lip balm is made with 100 percent natural ingredients. However, since the eyes are extremely sensitive, placing anything on them that are not meant for the eyes can be harmful. People should seek medical care immediately if they experience any pain.

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