Cosmetics Q&A: Tattoos and Permanent Makeup
Are tattoos and permanent makeup safe? How about henna and other temporary tattoos?
Consumers should think carefully before getting a tattoo or permanent makeup and consider these facts:
Some people have had bad reactions to tattoo and permanent makeup inks. Some have suffered permanent disfigurement.
Tattoos and permanent makeup are not easily removed and in some cases may cause permanent discoloration.
No color additives are approved for tattoos, including those used in permanent makeup.
Unsterile tattooing equipment and needles can transmit infectious disease, such as hepatitis; it is extremely important to confirm that all equipment is clean and sanitary before use.
Contaminated inks have caused infections, even when the tattoo artist followed hygienic procedures.
If you get a tattoo at a facility not regulated by your state or at facilities that use unsterile equipment, or re-use ink, you may not be accepted as a blood or plasma donor for twelve months.
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