Dangerous black henna removable tattoos

Washable tattoos are a holiday hit with both kids and adults. Sanepid alarms - black henna ones are dangerous. They contain an artificial dye that causes allergic reactions, skin discoloration and scars. But how do you recognize them?

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1. Condition of tattoo stands

Sanepid in Gdańsk examined the condition of four stands where washable black henna tattoos are made. Their services are most often used by children and young people staying in summer camps by the Polish seaside. The inspection showed that some tattoos contain a dangerous substance that causes side effects.

PPD, or para-phenylenediamine, is responsible for allergic reactions. It is a dye that is found not only in tattoos, but also in fabrics, hair dyes and printing inks. Sometimes we can also find it in the composition of sun creams.

Black henna washable tattoos can be dangerous? (123rf)

2. Allergic reactions

The allergic reaction is delayed. It causes redness, blemishes, swelling and itchy blisters. In more sensitive people, this dye can even cause purulent skin ulcers and breathlessness. There are also unsightly scars in the shape of a tattoo pattern.

It often happens that the stands do not have access to the storage of products from which tattoos are made. We should avoid this kind of service.

The Pomeranian Sanitary Inspectorate is gradually closing booths offering washable tattoos, but it is not an easy task. The owners, wanting to earn money, change places and move their businesses to other places.

3. How to recognize good quality henna?

Natural henna dries for more than 15 minutes - in some cases it is up to several hours. The color of the tattoo is also different as the fake one will be black, not brown. However, a detailed distinction is only possible with the use of analytical tests.

The finished tattoo should be monitored constantly. Any redness, itching and blisters should be consulted with a dermatologist as soon as possible.

It sensitizes not only PPD. Some people also develop allergic reactions after contact with natural henna. It is created from the dye of the defenseless lawsonia leaves - a plant otherwise known as the henna shrub.

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