Teen Claims Nipples Fell Off After 'Freezing' Them With Body Spray in Dare

A Liverpool teenager claims he took a dare to the next level and is feeling the effects of it years later.

The 19-year-old male, whose identity was not disclosed, told the Liverpool Echo he had been dared by a classmate to spray two entire cans of Axe body spray, or Lynx as it's known in England, on his nipples. And now he says they're gone. But one medical expert doesn't think that it's possible.

The Liverpool Echo website did not publish pictures of the student's chest or refer to having seen any evidence to support his claim. A medical expert has previously said it is not possible to freeze off nipples with body spray.

The student said that after he accepted the challenge, he stood with his chest exposed in one of his former school's changing rooms as a classmate emptied two cans directly onto his nipples. The outcome compared to "a wart," said the teen, who was 15 at the time.

"At first it's just cold," he was reported to have said. "It's not really a big thing. And then it starts to burn and you're just there waiting for it to finish. It was fine, it was all fine. Then the boy who was actually freezing my nipples, he flicked both my nipples. And that's when the nipples fell off."

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A Liverpool teen reportedly lost both his nipples by spraying two full cans of Axe body spray on them. Above, Axe body wash is on display during the 2009 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Michael Buckner/Getty Images

The teen admitted that the spraying of both cans directly on his nipples "hurt...like raw, exposed skin," adding that the discoloration was almost immediate.

The incident naturally spread across the school like wildfire. The teen said he barely changed out of his physical education attire and made it to his German class before "every boy knew" what had happened.

"I'm in German, just sitting, and my nipples are now gone," he recalled. "I'm just chilling, and then people are like, 'Your shirt is bleeding.' And you just see two blood stains from both my nipples."

He even said that his German teacher stopped the lesson to check on his condition, seeming perplexed. However, the former student rejected an invitation to the nurse's office when offered.

A Men's Health article from 2017 actually explored whether spraying Axe could result in the loss of nipples or whether it was just an urban legend after a Tumblr user wrote about their own middle school experience that appeared similar to that of the Liverpool teen.

Dr. Joshua Zeichner, an associate professor of dermatology and the director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, said that Axe ingredients include fragrances that could result in skin irritation—almost like a chemical burn that can lead to itching and irritation.

However, Zeichner didn't buy the fact that the body spray could take off a nipple, let alone two of them. He said a nipple would have to undergo tissue necrosis, or tissue death, for such an outcome to happen, which usually happens to fingers or toes due to frostbite.

"The outer layer of skin can be damaged to the point that it falls off after chemical or thermal burns or after exposures to extremely cold temperatures, known as frostbite," Zeichner told Newsweek. "Improper use of personal care products can potentially cause damaging effects to the skin, which is why it is important to use them the way they were designed to be used."

The college student at the University of Liverpool told the Liverpool Echo that accepting the dare years ago was a way to "showboat" to his schoolmates, as well as his first girlfriend.

These days, he has his regrets. "I put myself in this position because I accepted the dare," he said. "Now that I look back on it, it's stupid, it happened. Now I've got no nipples."

Newsweek reached out to Axe for comment and will update this story when a response is received.

Update: 04/05/22, 1:07 p.m. ET: This article was updated with statement from Ziechner.