29 Oct '17, 2am

You might want to read this before you get tatted up

You might want to read this before you get tatted up

The tiny particles, measuring a few millionths to a few billionths of a centimetre, include molecules from preservatives and contaminants such as nickel, chromium, manganese and cobalt, researchers from the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France, reported in the journal Scientific Reports. Tattoo colouring is composed of various organic and inorganic pigments, and can be contaminated with toxic impurities. Photo: 123rf Besides carbon black, the second most common ingredient used in tattoo inks is titanium dioxide, a white pigment also used in food additives, sunscreens and paints. The chemical has been associated with delayed healing, itching and skin irritation. Scientists in Grenoble, joined by colleagues at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment in Berlin, used X-ray fluorescence measurements to identify particles in the skin and the lymph...

Full article: http://www.herworldplus.com/lifestyle/health-fitness/tatt...

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