FDA Says Temporary Tattoos May Cause Injury

As families head out for vacations during the summer months, many will allow their children to get a temporary tattoo for fun. These tattoos usually last from a few days to a few weeks before harmlessly fading away. The tattoos have been looked upon as a fun harmless experience but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently received reports from people who wound up in the in the emergency room after getting a temporary tattoo made with “black henna” ink.

Reported problems include

  • Redness
  • Blisters
  • Raised red weeping lesions
  • Loss of pigmentation
  • Increased sensitivity to sunlight
  • Permanent scarring.

In the past, temporary tattoos have used henna ink which is a reddish-brown coloring made from plants. Today, more and more temporary tattoos are made with “black henna,” which may be a mix of henna and other ingredients, or may just be black hair dye. Other ingredients have been added to make the tattoo last longer.

If you or your child, experiences a reaction from a “temporary tattoo” seek medical attention.