Temporary tattoos put some at risk

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by Warren Trent / KTVK

KTVK

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 26 at 12:21 PM

PHOENIX -- The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning regarding temporary tattoos that become popular during summer months with kids and teenagers.

The so-called "black henna" tattoo is supposed to last three days to several weeks, but for some, these temporary tattoos can be a long-lasting if not permanent problem, sending many to seek medical attention.

As a result, the FDA issued a warning saying some black henna tattoos are causing serious skin reactions like blisters and scarring. 

Henna tattoos are popular during the summer when teens are with vacationing parents. But after exposure, some are developing a lifelong allergy to the ingredient in the ink, commonly referred to as PPD.

The only legal use for PPD is in cosmetics such as hair dye. And keep in mind, PPD is not approved for direct application to the skin.

So before you get that henna tattoo, be sure to ask the artist if the henna contains PPD. If so, you might want to walk away.

If you have a temporary tattoo that doesn't feel or look right, call your doctor to have it checked out.  

For more information, visit www.fda.gov.

 

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