A new study has shown that tattoos can give one cancer, with one colour being particularly dangerous.
Research carried out by the European Chemicals Agency analyzed the risks linked with tattoos, and discovered that they can lead to cancer and mutations.
The research team have highlighted red as being particularly nasty, as it may lead to dermatitis – a skin condition where the affected region becomes inflamed, blistered, dry, thickened and cracked – too.
To add, blue, green and purple can lead to granulomas, which is ridges on the skin.
The team stated: “Many reports show significant concerns for public health stemming from the composition of inks used for tattooing.
The most severe concerns are allergies caused by the substances in the inks and possible carcinogenic, mutagenic or reproductively toxic effects.”
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The European Chemicals Agency is concerned that tattoo ink is not currently monitored in the EU, which is leading some tattooers to import cheap products from China
They said: “If it is found that a restriction is needed, a formal proposal to restrict the substances will be submitted within one year to initiate the process.”
Moreover, the NHS has revealed that black henna, not the authentic orange looking henna, contains such high levels of a chemical dye “so powerful and toxic that it is illegal to use it on the skin”.
The health service warned: “If you see a shop or stall offering to paint black tattoos onto your skin, don’t be tempted to get one.
“It could leave you scarred for life and put you at risk of a life-threatening allergic reaction.”