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Dr. Robin Fleck Exposes the Ugly Truth About Tattoos
Date:9/9/2013

Prescott, AZ (PRWEB) September 10, 2013

For centuries, tattooing has been used by tribal societies to commemorate a religious rite of passage. Today however, it has developed into a decorative form of self expression. “Most people want a tattoo to commemorate a special time or person in their lives, for improved physical appearance, or it could just be the result of an impulsive decision,” notes Robin Fleck, M.D., founder and medical director of Body Oasis Laser Aesthetics in Prescott, Arizona. “Whatever the reason, tattoos pose serious health risks due to the properties of the ink.” There are two forms of tattoos, temporary tattoos applied to the surface of the skin, also referred to as henna, and permanent tattoos in which the ink is injected into the skin. Each form of tattoo poses its own serious health risks.

In March, 2013, the FDA site, MedWatch, reported on several people with temporary tattoos experiencing blisters, redness, raised red weeping lesions, light sensitivity and also permanent scarring. These issues have required emergency medical care in some instances, according to MedWatch. The original henna tattoo was made from a flowering plant which was ground into a paste used to dye skin, fingernails and wool. Today, the ‘black henna’ includes ingredients which make the tattoos darker and last longer, rendering them more problematic. Coal-tar hair dye, added to black henna, contains para-phenylenediamine (PPD). PPD is illegal to add to cosmetics due to its propensity to cause allergic reactions. Regrettably, however, there is no regulation regarding temporary tattooing.

Permanent tattoos contain a conglomeration of ingredients including metallic salts, organic dyes or plastics. The European Commission report noted close to 40% of organic colorants used in permanent tattoos are not approved for use on the ski
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