Health Risks of Black Light Tattoos

Just because they’re cool, doesn’t mean that UV tattoos are necessarily safe for your health. Before you decide on a UV tattoo, make sure that you know what you’re getting into.

The companies that make and distribute UV ink may claim to be FDA approved, but when you read the fine print on the bottle, there’s not such printing. All ink and products that are FDA approved have its special marking and statement. UV ink lacks that statement.

Also, some UV inks may contain carcinogens or allergen that can cause itching and rashes. You want to check around and ask questions before deciding on a black light ink tattoo.

Some of the UV inks will, also, contain phosphorous, which is not healthy to be injected into your skin. Make sure that the brand of UV ink does not contain any phosphorous, but even still, you can’t be guaranteed that the chemicals that are included in the ink are safe for your body until the federal government approves them.

Many doctors and tattoo artists question the composition of UV ink because many people with UV tattoos have reported skin irritation and rashes around the area of the tattoo. Because the ink has not been FDA approved, it is hard to determine whether or not the chemicals are really healthy for your and your body.

Because some UV ink contains phosphorous, carcinogens, and allergens, you risk your body rejecting the tattoo. Although, tattoo rejection is possible and common amongst regular tattoos, when in regards to UV ink, there are more chemicals that compose the ink which could possibly explain the higher risk of rejection in the tattoo.

Some people even claim that their once nearly clear UV tattoo has turned brown in a period of a few months.

Overall, there has been a statistically higher number of reactions and complications with the UV tattoos than with regular tattoos. And, in regards to mixing inks in a larger tattoo (IE regular ink with UV ink intermingled and around the tattoo) there can be a chemical reaction.

When getting a UV tattoo, you want to make sure that you ask about the chemicals in the particular brand that will be used. You want to make sure that, if anything else, the ink doesn’t have any phosphorous.

Glow in the dark pigment does react under black light; it’s true. But UV reactive pigment (to simplify: “black light” pigment) doesn’t glow in the dark.

Glowing pigment absorbs and retains light—which is why it “glows” after the light source is removed. Black light pigment absorbs and reflects light as long as the UV light source is present, but returns to normal after it’s removed.

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