Henna Tattoos Cause Scars

Toxic dyes are used in some henna tattoos

Representational Image by Peacock Henna Tattoo

I have read several articles all over the internet claiming that a lot of people around the world are having severe allergic reactions to henna tattoos. Granted most of these people have traveled out of the United States to somewhere in Asia. A nine-year-old girl from Greece got a henna tattoo and within hours of getting it, it blistered and when the blisters popped the ink began to scab off. Then it got redder and hotter. They went to a doctor and the doctor advised them to go to a burn unit at the hospital. Doctors are concerned that this temporary tattoo is going to scare this little girl for life.

Representational Image by Peacock Henna Tattoo

There is also another horrible story about a 10-year-old boy from Australia who experienced something a little different than blisters, very dark hair is growing around the henna tattoo. Dermatologists say these horrible allergic reactions are being caused by the toxic dye para-phenylenediamine, or PPD, that these people are using while giving people these henna tattoos. This toxic dye is similar to the dye that is used in hair dye. Also, experts are suggesting that these places in Asia are using black ink and not the traditional brown ink.

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Representational Image by Tim Pierce

So the best advice dermatologists and parents who have children that have had reactions to these henna tattoos is just to avoid them all together, especially if you are out of the country. Also if you notice the ink they are using is black is another huge indication to stay away from them. If you want a fake tattoo just stick to the original temporary ones.

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Source by Ashley Ford