December 4, 2017
Tattoo Ink Allergies – Laser Tattoo Removal Melbourne
Tattoo Ink Allergies are more common than you would think. At Doff&Flux we regularly see clients come in with flaky, red, raised, bleedy, weepy skin in and around the tattooed area. The tattoo never really settles after the tattoo session. Or sometimes the area may settle but flair up randomly, with hot weather or with stress or with alcohol or diet.
What’s in Tattoo Ink – Laser Tattoo Removal Melbourne
Tattoo inks include a number of additives, surfactants, binding agents, fillers, and preservatives.
In the past, pigments used in tattoo inks were derived from mineral sources to produce certain colours. For example, carbon (carbon black) and iron oxide were used to produce a black ink. Cinnabar, a mercury sulfide compound, was used to produce red hues. Cadmium was used to produce shades of red, orange, and yellow.
In the last 20 years, ink manufacturers have primarily used organic based compounds. Over 80% of the colorants used today are carbon-based, and approximately 60% of these organic pigments are azo pigments. Only 30% of the pigments and dyes are approved for cosmetic use, while a many others were originally developed for industrial applications, like paints or textiles.
Which Tattoo Inks Create Allergies – Laser Tattoo Removal Melbourne
Commonly we find Red ink to be the main offender. Purple/pink tattoo ink is also noted. The additives added to the inks to make them a specific colour. And sometimes the skin has an allergic reaction to the additive.
Laser and Tattoo Ink Allergies – Laser Tattoo Removal Melbourne
The only way to rid the body of the allergy reactive tattoo ink is through Laser tattoo removal. The laser shatters the ink particles into finer bits that the body can then flush away. The process always begins with a test patch. We do a test patch because when the laser shatters the ink, the allergic additives are then released and flood into the surrounding skin. A full blown allergic reaction may occur!!! Ulcers, bleeding blisters … nasty. Fortunately we do not see this reaction too often.
When the tattoo ink is gone – Laser Tattoo Removal Melbourne
Once the laser has cleared the ink, the skin returns to normal. No more flaking, redness, itching or issues. Relief at last.
Always wise for your tattooist, to perform a little test patch of the ink on your skin, before sitting for that next sleeve.
The Doff Team