Various strange, and sometimes dangerous, trends have come and gone in school playgrounds and on social media over the years. There was the mannequin challenge. Then it was the backpack challenge. Then the infamous Tide-pod challenge.
But the “deodorant challenge” is the latest to worry parents, as kids who take part are seriously injuring themselves.
Mom Jamie Prescott from South Gloucestershire, England, posted on Facebook after the deodorant challenge left her daughter, who is in the ninth grade, with second-degree burns on her arm, according to Yahoo News.
“For any parents who have children, please, please sit them down and show them these pictures,” she wrote. “These are the damaging results of something known as ‘The Deodorant Challenge’.”
The challenge is a test of endurance and involves spraying deodorant from an aerosol can directly onto a person’s bare skin. The aim is to see who can hold it there the longest.
Prescott said that her daughter’s injuries were so bad that she may need a skin graft. Her post, which included several photos showing the wound, has been shared more than 4,000 times since it was uploaded on May 4.
Yes, that's right. I'm doing another "dangerous teen trend" story. Kids are now burning their skin doing the "deodorant challenge" - they spray the aerosol onto their skin in the same spot until they can't handle the pain. 2018. Story at 11pm (**cringe alert**) @wcnc pic.twitter.com/spCFG0WKPO
— Savannah Levins (@LevinsReports) May 8, 2018
PED teams: Latest teenage craze “deodorant challenge”. Teenagers film themselves pressing and holding aerosol to the skin for as long as possible to outdo each other to see who can endure it for the longest. (Courtesy of Head of Pastoral Care at local secondary school) pic.twitter.com/U9yKeoBFmk
— Sam Jones (@SJisinterested) May 8, 2018
While the deodorant challenge is not new, and warnings about the school craze have been around for at least a few years, Prescott’s post has served as a caution that the challenge is still causing damage.
“This is a very scary trend, because basically these kids are committing chemical burns,” dermatologist Dr. Doris Day told TODAY in June 2017. “The force of the aerosol itself and the temperature change on the skin can potentially cause second- and third-degree burns.”