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Black Henna Tattoos Can Pose Serious Skin Risks

Posted: August 1, 2008

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Jacob added that some people can become sensitized to PPD from just one exposure and develop a lifelong sensitivity to PPD, along with an allergy that can cause a cross reaction to other compounds, including certain medications.

"Each exposure to PPD re-challenges the immune system, so each time you get a black henna tattoo or use a hair dye that contains PPD, there is an increased risk of having a reaction," Jacob said. "Many people are sensitized to PPD, but don't have a reaction to it. However, each time you are exposed to black henna, you increase your risk of developing a lifelong allergy to it."

If you want to get a henna tattoo, make sure that it's only vegetable henna, not PPD-adulterated henna. "Unless the artist can tell you exactly what's in the tattoo, don't get one," Jacob advises.

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The AAD has more about tattoos, body piercings and other body adornments.