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A Temporary Tattoo Could Cause Long-Term Problems

Mon, 19 May 2014 09:32:29 +0000

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Tattoos and needles scare you? Try a temporary tat.

Or not. Although they may not carry the same health risks as permanent tattoos, temporary ink can also pose problems, according to the Food and Drug Administration, even when applied with decals or transfers.

The FDA warns that people have complained that color additives have left blisters, red weeping lesions and scarring that winds up being permanent.

As it happens, henna, a brownish or reddish-brown dye included in decals and transfers, is only supposed to be used to color hair and not directly applied to the skin.

Black henna containing the color p-phenylenediamine, known as PPD, has also resulted in dangerous skin reactions on people who only wanted a temporary tattoo.

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