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black henna tattooAre you considering getting a temporary black henna tattoo?  The British Skin Foundation and the Cosmetics Toiletry and Perfumery Association is sending out warning notices stating that black henna tattoos could permanently damage the skin.  The concern is over an ingredient used in hair dye is being used in temporary black henna tattoos.

black henna tattoo reactionsTraditional henna is made from a green plant powder that when mixed with water turns brown.  Black henna is not derived from plants, but with a substance called para-phenylenediamine (PPD) that is found in hair dye.  PPD increases the risk of a severe allergic reaction which can cause permanent scarring and a lifelong sensitivity to the ingredient.  PPD used in black henna has been banned in the European Union.

To read more on this topic, click on the following link:

McDougall, A. (2015). Cosmetics Design-Europe, “Black henna temporary tattoo?  The skin damage could be permanent”. Retrieved August 26, 2015, from: http://www.cosmeticsdesign-europe.com/Product-Categories/Skin-Care/Black-henna-temporary-tattoo-The-skin-damage-could-be-permanent/?utm_source=newsletter_product&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=25-Aug-2015&c=KyHiBf2DbZg96iWRDErR06tMVY05FeuI