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WDKX.com » Blog » FDA Warns About Temporary Tattoos
Mar 26th 2013 5:45 am
FDA Warns About Temporary Tattoos
by News

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning about temporary tattoos just in time for spring break and warmer weather.

Temporary tattoos called "henna" use are supposed to last anywhere from a few days to several weeks, depending on the coloring that's used.

Tradition henna uses a reddish-brown color that is made from flowering plants.

However, some places are substituting the ancient ingredients with a coal-tar hair dye that contains p-phenylenediamine, or PPD.

The ingredient in the so-called "black henna" can cause dangerous side effects in people, and the FDA says it has received numerous reports of redness, blisters, raised lesions, and even permanent scarring.

Adverse reactions can happen immediately, or may not show up for several days or weeks later.

Black henna is used because it produces a darker color and lasts longer than traditional henna, but consumers should be aware of the risks before getting temporary tattoos using "black henna."

Source: 13wham.com