Side Effects of Tattoo Ink
By Pierre Mouchette | Bits-n-Pieces
Uncomfortable When Permanent
Tattoos are made by puncturing the skin with ink-filled needles. It primarily affects the inner layer of your skin, called the dermis. This inner layer does not wear out in flakes, unlike the upper skin layer called the epidermis, and the tattoo ink gets embedded into the former. It means it is nearly impossible to get back the original color and texture of your skin after tattooing on it unless you go through external therapies like laser treatment, which is extremely painful and involves a hefty cost. So you may regret your tattoo years later when you might crave to see your old skin and complexion again in that area.
Chemicals Cause Adverse Effects
Tattoo ink is prepared using chemicals like lead and mercury, which are toxic in nature and, when injected into your skin through needles, could be detrimental to the health of your skin, resulting in the permeation of major vital organs.
Tattoo ink is the same as the ones used in automobile paint and computer print ink. Other possible diseases and dangers to health are still to be researched and found out because the Food & Drug Administration does not regulate the tattoo industry yet.
Because the tattoo ink is composed of strong and toxic chemicals, you can develop a skin allergy or break out just after you get a tattoo. It is especially true if you are already allergic or tend to catch bacterial infections. You could get red rashes that, although common in appearance, can cause extreme discomfort through itchy and irritable skin. Get an allergy test before you get that tattoo carved. You might develop common allergies: dermatitis, psoriasis, scarring, and eczema.
One of the most significant and often neglected aspects of getting a tattoo on your skin is that it can cause life-endangering diseases like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, and AIDS, mainly due to infected needles and maintaining poor hygiene of the entire tattoo carving process. Giving into pleasure in an attempt to look unconventional and stand out from the crowd sounds excellent as long as it does not affect your life. There is no fun in indulging in something that could bring your life to an irrevocable end.
Stigma To Your Personality
While tattoos are a beautiful way to express creativity and art, many people are still not very open in their perception. Tattoos can attach a stigma to your personality, making you look rebellious or belong to a particular genre.
It can alter your image when you are out amongst other people. Sometimes it boosts your social image among friends or people thinking “out of the box,” especially painters, musicians, stage performers, etc. At the same time, it could also lead to adverse effects in situations where a more conventional and formal approach is required. So choose wisely and envision the repercussions it would have on your image.
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