Considering a Tattoo? What You Need to Know About Tattoo Ink! by Mei Marcie
A report from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre highlighted the risks of tattoo ink. Tattoo is permanent, and the body has to live with the injected foreign chemicals. These chemicals can pose risks.
- They may contain heavy metals such as arsenic, lead and nickel.
- There can be harmful bacteria in the ink.
- Degradation due to UV radiation releases carcinogenic aromatic amines.
The FDA has also raised concerns about tattoos, specifically the risks of:
- allergic reactions
- itchiness and inflammation when exposed to summer sunlight
- granulomas, or small bumps, that form around areas where the body senses the pigments
- the spread of tattoo ink to the body’s lymphatic system