You’ve put a lot of thought into your tattoo. You’ve spent years redesigning it, found just the right place for it on your body, and scoured Yelp to find the best tattoo artist within a 5-hour driving radius. In other words, you’ve covered all your bases. But what about the tattoo ink? Did you do any research on exactly how the ink ingredients may affect your body? A recent study reviewed the existing research on allergic reactions to tattoo ink and found that certain inks cause higher levels of allergic reactions than others.
The researchers compared past studies on allergic reactions to tattoo ink and chemicals found within the ink. They found that allergic reactions from tattoos were not uncommon, but were rare from India ink and blue azure ink, as well as pure henna. When brighter colors like red (containing cinnabar) or yellow (containing cadmium) were used, or additives like aluminum or silicon were mixed with the ink, there was a higher chance of having an allergic reaction.
An allergic reaction might mean just redness or itching, but it can http://www.phpaide.com/demos/PowerPetition/ also involve ulcer-causing skin peeling.
So what should you do to reduce your risk of an adverse reaction?
- Do a patch test.
- Use less diluted inks.
- Go to an experienced tattoo artist.
- Protect your tattoo from direct sunlight.
If you have an allergic reaction check with your doctor, who might provide steroids or oral antihistamines to treat your reaction, in severe cases the tattoo might have to be removed. Be aware that allergies are not the only problem that tattoos can cause. Other complications can include skin infections, bumps or scarring, blood borne diseases, and possible MRI complications.
We’re not suggesting that you should give up your dream of the perfect tattoo. But be smart about it, do your research, find a clean, well reviewed tattoo parlor, and make sure you know what the artist is putting into your skin.