Kids Burning Themselves With Deodorant On Purpose

The latest thing going around schools is something called the “deodorant challenge,” and it’s yet another problem we have to teach our kids not to do.

By DAVID on May 9, 2018
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Ok these trends that kids are doing need to stop. Social media is making kids do daring things for attention (remember the condom challenge?), and it’s leaving them seriously injured. Thes injuries aren’t just temporary, sometimes they turn into permanent disabilities. Anyway, this latest one is called the “Deodorant Challenge.”

In the Deodorant Challenge, you spray yourself with deodorant. Doesn’t sound bad, right? I mean, teens need deodorant anyway, what’s the harm? The harm is that the kids are spraying it onto their skin at close-range. The goal is to spray it onto your skin for as long as you can “stand” the pain. The longer you go, the “braver” you are. It actually causes burns and leaves permanent scars. A Facebook post from a mom of a 15-year-old who did the challenge shows what the scars look like. The mom says that the burns (second-degree) are so bad that the teen might need a skin graft. She posted those pictures, so if you’re squeamish, don’t look. Click this link to see the pictures.

When you spray an aerosol, the substance is actually forced out of the can under high-pressure. Something under high-pressure will cool down rapidly when that pressure is released. When you spray supercooled aerosol onto your skin, you get frostbite. Frostbite is basically the same thing as a burn, it sort of acts the same way. The teen from the above link says “It’s a hole in my arm and there’s all this yellow stuff coming out. My friend did it a year ago and has a scar.” So truly, kids are STILL doing it even though they may KNOW how things will end up. See more information here.

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