The FDA is sending out a new warning to consumers: temporary black henna tattoos can cause severe skin reactions as well as permanent scarring. This warning is something to consider when embarking upon spring break or summer vacation endeavors.  Common places that offer these treatments include: fairs, beaches, resorts, and souvenir shops.

Temporary Henna Tattoos PhotoBefore getting that henna tattoo to compliment your summer bikini, keep in mind that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received numerous complaints that even these temporary tattoos can cause serious long-term complications and leave a lasting impression.

Why is this happening? It appears that many places are using longer-lasting black henna that sometimes contains p-phenylendiamine, which is a coal-tar for hair dye that is widely known to irritate the skin.

Certain skin reactions such as redness, blisters, raised red weeping lesions, loss of pigmentation, increased sensitivity to sunlight, and even permanent scarring have all been issues reported to the FDA by consumers. These reactions occur immediately after receiving the treatment or can appear as late as 2-3 weeks after getting the tattoo and have even landed some people in the hospital.

Temporary Henna Tattoos ProblemHenna tattoos containing reddish-brown henna have been used as body decoration for ages and fade within a few days or weeks. It is the longer lasting black henna used by many places today that has really been shown to cause serious skin reactions in some people. This dye might contain only PPD, or may include this plus a number of different ingredients, not necessarily including natural henna. Henna has long been used for many religious and cultural ceremonies but has risen in popularity in many years along with permanent tattoos as well. The moral of the story is to be cautious even with something that is supposed to be considered temporary because it can leave permanent unwanted side effects.

Here at New Look we do not treat temporary henna tattoos. However, we do treat professional or homemade permanent tattoos and would be happy to schedule a free consultation to discuss your tattoo needs. Give New Look a call today at 713-783-2000!

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