A mum has taken to Facebook to warn other parents of the dangers of the ‘deodorant challenge’ craze, after her daughter received a series of burns to her skin from taking part.
Sara Pears Stanley shared two pictures of her daughter Kaitlyn’s arm, displaying visible burns, captioning the post: ‘Apparently the new craze up bodmin college is the ‘deodorant challenge’ I’ve warned [my daughter] not to do it again… Just want you all to be aware xx’
Sara’s warning was then shared into a local Facebook group by a fellow parent, who added: ‘Please please be aware! There’s a new ‘craze’ going around where they spray deodorants etc onto their bodies and continue it til it burns their skin!’
‘Please warn your children not to do it as it will cause so much pain and more likely end up in hospital.’
After their message spread, Sara and Kaitlyn were invited to appear on ITV’s This Morning to raise awareness of the potential hazards of the game.
Kaitlyn, 12, told presenters Rylan Clark Neal and Alison Hammond that she’d wanted to perform the act, which involves spraying your arm at close range with an aerosol deodorant until the marks appear, because her friends were all doing it.
‘It looks really cool because [your skin] goes white and makes a pattern,’ she explained.
However, resident expert Dr Ranj Singh said that the challenge could actually prove very harmful.
‘What the deodorant does is cools your skin down really rapidly and essentially you get frostbite that breaks the skin down,’ he detailed.
‘Not only does that hurt and so you get problems with pain. It breaks the skin barrier down, it can predispose you to infection, it can damage the pigment – and that can be long-term.’
‘When it’s really, really bad and the skin breaks down, you could end up with holes in your skin which are difficult to heal. Some people have required skin grafts – that isn’t common but it can happen.’