In recent years, there have been a number of outbreaks of tattoo infections linked to contaminated ink. Other side effects may include skin cancer, granulomas, diseases, keloids, allergic reactions, granulomas, and more.
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What is the problem?
Tattoos are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as cosmetics. Ingredients in tattoo ink are subject to pre-market approval, but the FDA rarely screens ingredients before they are sold to tattoo artist. The FDA typically only intervenes after problems occur to prevent additional illnesses and injuries.
Manufacturers of tattoo ink do not need to disclose the ingredients in their inks, which often leaves artists in the dark about what they are injecting into their clients’ bodies.
More than 50 different pigments and shades are in use, and the list continues to grow. However, no color additives are approved for injection into the skin. Many pigments used in tattoo ink are not even approved for contact with human skin. Some inks contain industrial grade pigments that are supposed to be used in printers’ ink or automobile paint.
In 2014, the FDA recalled tattoo ink from White & Blue Lion, Inc., after discovering that it was contaminated with bacteria. The FDA warned that the manufacturer is still selling the ink under different brands and artists are continuing to use contaminated inks.
Tattoo Side Effects
The most serious side effects from tattoos include:
- Infection: There have been outbreaks of skin infections caused by contaminated tattoo inks, even when the tattoo artist used sterile equipment. People who develop infections need to seek medical attention and they may need to take antibiotics for a few weeks or months.
- Skin cancer: It is unknown if tattoos increase the risk of skin cancer, but tattoo inks are known to occasionally contain carcinogenic ingredients and there have been a number of case reports of squamous-cell carcinoma.
- Diseases: Non-sterile tattoo needles and equipment can transmit infectious diseases, such as HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. In 2004, an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Staph bacteria caused 44 infections.
- Granulomas: If your body rejects the ink, hard nodules may form around particles of pigment in the tattoo ink.
- Allergic reactions: Although rare, allergic reactions are difficult to treat because the pigments are hard to remove from the skin. Occasionally, allergic reactions occur in tattoos after several years.
- Keloid: These are scars that grow beyond normal boundaries of an injury. They can occur any time the skin is injured.
- MRI complications: There have been reports of temporary swelling or burning in patients undergoing a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
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