Tattoo Inks May Be The Cause Of Infections To Cancer

May 5, 2017

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The Food and Drug Administration updated their guidelines on tattoos for this first time in over 10 years this week and it may be an eye-opener for anyone considering some new ink, even through 3 in 10 adults has at least one tattoo, with women opting for more tattoos than men.  Although tattoo parlors are regulated by the state, the ink used is not.  A tattoo parlor can use any ink they choose and with that freedom comes risks that could lead to some serious problems that range from getting infections from ink contaminated with bacteria and mold to paints containing lead, cadmium and other heavy metals, which could cause cancer. Most metal based tattoo inks are the ones responsible for allergic reactions that could be irritated for years since the tattoo is permanent. However if you are still wanting a tattoo you can opt for ink that is safer.  Ask to see the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), which will tell you about the safety and basic health information on each substance. Inquire from your tattoo parlor about nontoxic inks that are made from natural occurring materials, such as charcoal for black, copper for blue and turmeric for yellow.  Avoid neon or vividly colored pigments, which are more likely to be toxic than other pigments. In short, the only safe ink for a tattoo is not to get one.  However if do your homework beyond the design, you will know the risks and choose the safest route for your tattoo. 

SOURCE: Naturally Savvy

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