Are you “dying” to get a tattoo?

Contaminated Tattoo Inks

Carcinogens in your permanent makeup?

A significant minority of US residents have at least one tattoo (an estimated 45 million people).

For this reason, any health issues associated with tattoo inks have the potential to be a real public health problem.

The FDA considers tattoos and permanent makeup to be cosmetics.

A recent FDA study found that many of the inks contained heavy metals including mercury, lead, cadmium, and other known health-threatening metals. As if that was not enough, other complex compounds were also on the FDA’s fact sheet.

 “Although a number of color additives are approved for use in cosmetics, none is approved for injection into the skin. Using an unapproved color additive in a tattoo ink makes the ink adulterated. Many pigments used in tattoo inks are not approved for skin contact at all. Some are industrial grade colors that are suitable for printers’ ink or automobile paint.” click for FDA update

Many of these substances are known to be cancer-causing (carcinogenic). The absurdity of permanently “decorating” human skin with substances known to cause skin cancer is outrageous.

The practice of tattooing goes back into antiquity. It seems this practice won’t go away soon, if ever, so why doesn’t somebody develop tattoo ink that’s non-toxic, something we can “live” with?

The health threat presented by these inks has not been overlooked by the mainstream media. Recently the LA Times ran an article entitled “FDA and CDC warn that tattoo ink can be hazardous to your health.”  

This Washington Post article focused on inks contaminated with bacteria. Their article entitled “Contaminated ink implicated in tattoo infections” gives you one more reason to avoid tattoos.



  1. John says:

    Tattoos really need to be health friendly. To make sure that you are getting tattoos safely, you should only go to licensed and professional tattoo artist. This also applies for permanent makeup. Professional permanent makeup artist make sure that the equipment and ink they use are safe and approved by FDA.

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  2. Beufl says:

    I will just only say one thing that people are very crazy about tattoos and i m also one of them .
    I love tattooing on the body and mostly i love on the shoulders.

  3. Permanent makeup can be a great way to bring out certain facial features that would otherwise not stand out. Do some research and find someone that you feel comfortable working with and have them show you plenty of examples of previous work they have done.

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