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11th Mar 2024

Dangers of ‘Barbie drug’ need to be made known as woman suffers severe reaction

Jody Coffey

Barbie Drug

It’s not worth it

A woman has warned of the dangers associated with the nasal tanning spray dubbed the ‘Barbie drug’ after it left her unable to breathe.

Theses sprays claim to offer an authentic tan with minimal effort, which has understandably drawn in young beauty enthusiasts all over social media.

However, they come with a very dark side.

They work by imitating a hormone that tricks the body into producing excess melanin – the pigment that makes our skin darker when exposed to UV light – resulting in a perceived sun-kissed look.

While the results may look good, the truth is that this substance is banned in multiple countries – including Ireland, the US, the UK, and Australia – due to unease over its safety.

Edith Eagle, 47, is all too aware of the dangers after she was left unable to breathe. Her face swelled up following a reaction to the nasal tanning spray she bought online, according to the MailOnline.

She explained that she purchased it without any issues online and saw instant results.

“I googled it and saw it pop up online and ordered it.

“I think I paid £25 for the bottle. I like being tanned because I prefer not using makeup. I always liked looking fresh-looking with a tan.

“On the first day, we were so brown, I’ve never experienced anything like it. I was very tanned after one day.”

The mum said that on her second day on holiday in Fuerteventura last year, she woke up with a swollen face.

She said she was unrecognisable to her family and was struggling to breathe. She was rushed to the hospital and treated with a high dose of steroids.

“But the next morning, I woke up and realised I couldn’t breathe properly. I then noticed I was completely swollen.

“I was so out of breath and had to concentrate so much on breathing. It was really difficult to breathe.

“My neck was so swollen that my necklace was tight. I was just swollen everywhere. I realised it must be an allergic reaction.”

Thankfully, Eagle made a recovery, but she believes she suffered an allergic reaction to something in the spray, urging others to not use them or similar products.

In her case, some of the ingredients were not listed on the label of the product, which meant she didn’t know what she was allergic to or what she had put into her body.

Side effects from using nasal tanning sprays can include sun hypersensitivity, pigmentation, rapidly accelerated skin ageing, vomiting and diarrhoea, kidney damage and potential failure, sexual dysfunction, and skin cancer.

Concerns around the nasal sprays continue to grow as these products have somehow been able to avoid all required testing and safety regulations.

The full extent of their long-term health effects and dangers are unknown.