Student Life

Dangerous TikTok Trend: #Brighteyechallenge

By Decklynn Johnston

TikTok has become one of the most popular and well-known apps, having more than 500 million users. It’s a social media platform used to create lip-sync, comedy skits and talent videos. It was released in 2017, yet it stayed popular for a while. It being a social media platform, it was bound to create some trends. Some of them aren’t the smartest things to do.

So far, there are only 30 different videos featuring the trend. It’s been admitted by the creators that the trend is indeed fake.

The #Brighteyechallenge was made by a college student named Greg Lammers who joined TikTok to show off and improve some of his editing abilities.

He made a video of him putting hand sanitizer, shaving cream, bleach and jelly in a Ziploc bag and then holding it against his eye for a minute before removing it, showing that it makes your eyes a brighter color.

So far, there are only 30 different videos featuring the trend. It’s been admitted by the creators that the trend is indeed fake. They used editing tools or colored contacts to make their eyes appear brighter after applying the bag. 

This challenge is incredibly dangerous seeing as the chemicals in it could burn your skin.

Some users who have tried this challenge commented “it kind of hurt, not gonna lie.” Someone else who tried the challenge said, “I knew it was a joke. I don’t know why everyone is taking it so seriously.” 

This challenge is incredibly dangerous seeing as the chemicals in it could burn your skin. Not to mention, if the bag ruptures it could cause permanent damage to your eye or make you go blind, as Lammers said himself in a video. When he saw people begin to actually try this challenge themselves, he began to get worried. He posted a follow-up video showing his eye, red and swollen to warn users of the potential risks. 

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