Have you heard of “beezin?” Your teen probably has. It’s when kids rub Burt's Bees lip balm on their eyelids.
Apparently the peppermint oil in the balm causes a burning sensation which some find ‘kind of funny.’ It’s all over the Internet right now. If you think it’s harmless, think again. In addition to allergic reactions or pink eye-like symptoms, you could also go blind. It’s like this – let’s say a person with a cold sore uses the lip balm. When someone else borrows the lip balm and puts it on their eyelid, the herpes virus – which causes the cold sore – could be transmitted from the lip balm to a person's eye causing blindness. At this point, Burt's Bees hasn’t responded to the "beezin'" phenomenon. But a spokesman told 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."