By Steven Reinberg, Health Day reporter
FRIDAY September 10, 2021 (HealthDay News) – Parents: You might think that temporary tattoos are harmless to children. But children who decorate themselves with these transfer tattoos can disrupt the protective barrier of the skin, Spanish researchers report.
They looked at the effects of permanent tattoos and temporary transfers on the skin. The surprising takeaway: Temporary transfer tattoos do more damage.
More moisture was lost in the skin with transfer tattoos compared to non-tattooed skin, which can damage the epidermis, the thin protective barrier of the skin, according to the study. Meanwhile, permanently tattooed skin differs little from intact skin, the researchers added.
“The skin on which transfer tattoos had been applied had lower temperatures, less hydration of the stratum corneum. [epidermis], and a worse overall antioxidant capacity, compared to non-tattooed skin controls, ”said lead researcher José Pablo Serrano, from the University of Granada in Spain.
He and his colleagues warn that temporary transfer tattoos should be used sparingly, especially in people with skin problems, such as psoriasis or dermatitis.
Serrano added that the traumatic process associated with permanent inked tattoos can cause unwanted reactions. But permanently tattooed skin is similar to skin that has never been inked, the researchers found.
“We concluded that permanent tattoos do not appear to significantly affect the function of the epidermal barrier, which transfer tattoos do,” Serrano said in an academic press release.
However, he and his team recommend being careful before getting a permanent tattoo.
Read all the information about the possible risks of infection or allergy. And choose a trade show that has top-notch quality standards and hygiene, they added.
“It would also be helpful to know what type of pigments they intend to use for your tattoos and any potential allergens they might have,” Serrano said.
SOURCE: University of Granada, press release. September 8, 2021
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