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Health Briefs Looks at the Side Effects of Temporary Tattoos

Spring break and wedding season are in full swing all over the United States and with it comes the possibility that teens, brides and bridal parties will seek out and get one of the cool looking temporary tattoos. Medical experts are now warning against them as some are made with a chemical which can cause serious allergic skin reactions.

Temporary Tattoos – What Are They

Temporary tattoos are tattoos which are painted on and not needle applied. They typically are made with henna – a red plant-based dye and or a darker, black tattoo which uses hair color dye. They can be airbrushed on the skin. They last for up to a few days or even weeks. Temporary tattoos are trendy and popular in beach towns and are also big in the wedding business. They look cool and there are a lot of different designs people can choose from. Children and teenagers fall for the tattoos because they are not permanent and pretty.

What Makes Them Dangerous

Temporary tattoos are applied on the skin, not into the skin, as with a regular tattoo. While the red henna-based tattoos are generally not dangerous when used in its organic form, black tattoos can be. This is because some black-based tattoos use a hair coloring chemical called p-phenylenediamine (PPD), a coal-tar hair dye, which is banned for use in cosmetics due to the serious skin reactions some people get from it. The side effects of PPD are: red marks on the skin, water blisters, raised reddish welts on skin, loss of pigmentation, increased sensitivity to sunlight and permanent scarring all of which can last up to 6 months or more. It is worth the risk to look cool and end up with a skin problem for months?

What to Ask Before Getting a Temporary Tattoo

Americans are used to asking a lot of questions. We are conditioned to the labels of food containers before we buy anything. We are curious and want to know what is in our food or in the cosmetics we buy. The same questioning should be given before a temporary tattoo is applied. If the kiosk worker or tattoo parlor cannot answer or do not give a straight answer, walk out. Below are few starter questions to ask:

• What chemicals are in the dyes you use?
• Is the dye a natural henna based dye or do you mix it with other ingredients to make it darker?
• What other ingredients are in the dyes?
• Are there any known skin reactions after getting a temporary tattoo?
• How long will the tattoo last?
• What should I do if my skin reacts badly to the dyes you are going to use?

Know Before You Go

We ask questions about everything. At times, we interrupt people to ask a question. Our need to know everything all the time fuels the news and mobile industries. It makes sense to know what a temporary tattoo will cost, what dyes are used, how long it will last and what the possible side effects from it might be. Health Briefs TV understands that tattoos are cool and if they are temporary, they give the person instant badness without the lifetime commitment of a permanent one. If you know someone or get a temporary tattoo yourself and have a bad skin reaction to it, contact the FDA via their online complaint form for consumers. Ask questions. It is our right to know.

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