Tattoos can trigger cancer and mutations according to National Health Service of UK Tattoos can trigger cancer and mutations – and one color is potentially more toxic than others, according to scientists in The National Health Service of UK.
A research study by the European Chemicals Agency to be released imminently is examining possible risks associated with being tattooed. The agency said: “Many reports reveal significant concerns for public health stemming from the composition of inks used for tattooing.”
“The most serious concerns are allergic reactions caused by the substances in the inks and possibly carcinogenic, mutagenic or reproductively toxic effects.”
Inks are not presently controlled in the European Union (EU). But if any particular chemicals are found to be harmful as thought, they will be prohibited.
An agency spokesman said: “If it is concluded that a limitation is required, a formal proposal to limit the substances will be submitted within 1 year to start the process.”
Red ink has been linked to dermatitis – soreness and swelling – due to it containing mercury sulfide.
Meanwhile, green, blue, red, and purple ones are more likely to cause granulomas – little ridges of bumps on the skin.
The general public will be asked to contribute to the research study. The United Kingdom publicly funded health care system referred to as The National Health Service (NHS) has also warned of the risks of ‘black’ or ‘neutral’ henna.
Various to authentic henna, which is orange in color, this darker substance it may contain levels of a chemical dye ‘so toxic and potent that it is illegal to use it on the skin’. Their ink is not currently regulated in the EU, with cheap Chinese imports causing concern.
The NHS alerted: “If you see a shop or stall providing to paint black tattoos onto your skin, do not be tempted to get one. It might leave you scarred for life and put you at risk of a life-threatening allergy.”
Anybody suffering an allergic reaction should contact a doctor as soon as possible.