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Tourist warning over black henna tattoos

Tourist warning over black henna tattoos
18 Jun 2013

The Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) is urging Brits to avoid getting black henna tattoos while on holiday. 

It says that to turn the naturally reddish brown vegetable dye black, PPD - a hair colourant - is added, which is dangerous if applied directly to the skin. 

Research conducted by the CTPA suggests that more than half (57%) of the 10% of Britons who have a tattoo got it done abroad. 

'It's important people understand the dangers,' Dr Emma Meredith, head of scientific and technical services at the CTPA, told the Evening Standard. 

'Millions of us at home and abroad could be putting ourselves at risk of painful blistering and permanent scarring this summer.'

Londoner Salih Cikikcioglu told the news provider a black henna tattoo he got in Cyprus left him hospitalised while on holiday. 

'I was put on antibiotics and ... it took months to heal and left a scar which you can still see now.'ADNFCR-408-ID-801600290-ADNFCR

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