Temporary Tattoos May Not Be So Temporary

Does your teen ever get temporary tattoos?  That may not be such a good idea!

A lot of kids are getting temporary tattoos these days, but they may not be as harmless as they think.

According to an article in the LA Times, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a new health warning, stating that temporary tattoos may pose some health risks.

Temporary tattoos can last anywhere from three days to several weeks. Although they aren’t injected into the skin, they do come with some risks.

Dr. Linda Katz, director of the FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors, says kids and adults are still at risk for allergic reactions, which can be severe and can last even longer than the tattoo itself.

The FDA has received many reports of serious, long-lasting reactions that people didn’t expect from temporary tattoos.  Those include blisters, raised red weeping lesions, loss of skin pigmentation, increased sensitivity to sunlight and even permanent scarring.

Some people had to seek medical attention after getting one of the tattoos, including trips to the emergency room.

Temporary tattoos are typically done using henna – a reddish-brown coloring that derives from a flowering plant.  Modern-day henna is called “black henna” and is often used in place of traditional henna.

The henna is often mixed with several other ingredients, which makes the tattoo last longer and look darker. The extra ingredient in black henna is often coal-tar hair dye, which can cause dangerous skin reactions in some people.

To learn more, go to www.fda.gov

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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