FDA WARNING: Temporary Tattoos Not So Temporary

Thinking of getting a temporary tattoo? Think again! Temporary tattoos seem like a good compromise to the real deal. However, certain temporary tattoos can cause permanent damage and top the list for bad tattoos. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning people to watch out.

The FDA’s warning concerns temporary tattoos that are made with “black henna” ink containing para-phenylenediamine (PPD). People who have gotten this temporary ink have experienced extreme side effects including, ‘redness, blisters, raised red weeping lesions, loss of pigmentation, increased sensitivity to sunlight, and even permanent scarring.’ What you thought was going to be temporary turns into tattoo regret. And sooner than you know it you will be looking into tattoo removal, temporary or not.

So what is “black henna”? Apparently, ‘black henna? is actually a coal-tar product that is approved for use in hair dye. The FDA does have temporary tattoo regulations, ‘Henna, is a coloring made from a plant, and approved only for use as a hair dye. It is not approved for direct application to the skin, as in the body-decorating process known as mehndi. This unapproved use of a color additive makes these products adulterated and therefore illegal.’ The photos below show how damaging “black henna” can be.

Black Henna Scarring

Skin Damage From Black Henna

So, if you are going to undergo the ‘temporary? process make sure that the vendor is not using a product that has para-phenylenediamine (PPD) or other color additives. You could find yourself undergoing temporary tattoo removal. Cosmetics, including temporary skin-staining products that are sold on a retail basis to consumers must have their ingredients listed on the label. Without such an ingredient declaration, they are considered misbranded and are illegal in interstate commerce. Temporary Tattoo Scarring

Scarring From Black Henna

You can learn more about temporary tattoos on the FDA’S website. At Delete Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon we take your tattoos very seriously, permanent or temporary. There is a lot to consider in getting a tattoo even if it is temporary. Make sure you do your research before getting any ink! And never fear, Delete Tattoo Removal is here to meet all your laser tattoo removal needs!



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