7-Year-Old Girl is Suffering Chemical Burns From Temporary Tattoos

Tattoos look good on others, and there are people who opt for temporary tattoos. These come with no life-threatening side effects, and you can remove them after a few days. Well, Madison Gulliver had a completely different experience.

The Gulliver family was on vacation in Egypt. The vacation didn’t go well as the mom, Sylvia, had to spend two days in hospital to have her gallbladder infection treated. So, the dad decided to treat his kids, and they got lovely black henna tattoos.

Sebastien washed the henna off immediately, because his skin was itching. Madison complained, too, but her skin condition was much worse. Her forearm was covered with blisters, and she had to be taken to the ER.

The father shared details of the terrible experience, noting that artists at the hotel’s salon said their henna was perfect. But, where did those blisters come from?

After checking the pH values in Madison’s blisters, doctors found that she had chemical burns. One of the ingredients in black dye is really dangerous, and you should be aware of it. paraphenylenediamine.

Paraphenylenediamine needs oxygen to become a dye. A 2012 study released in the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences found that paraphenylenediamine may cause serious complications, such as rhabdomyolysis, renal failure, angioneurotic edema, and respiratory failure.

Paraphenylenediamine is added to dark-colored cosmetics, temporary henna tattoos, printing ink, black rubber, oil, grease and gasoline.

Health risks

Paraphenylenediamine has a different effect in every individual. Here are some of the most common issues it causes:

  • Itchy dry rash
  • Redness, blistering, and swelling
  • Intense blisters and scarring (caused by temporary tattoos)
  • Dermatitis
  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, or scarring

According to Dr. Chris Fowler, director general of the UK’s Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfume Association., PPD is safe and legally added to permanent hair dyes regulated by law. However, black henna contains dangerous levels, and may cause burns and allergic reactions.

In the US, henna is only used in hair dyes and isn’t approved for direct application on skin.

Avoid severe side effects

First, try to resist the urge to get a tattoo. However, if you really like a temporary henna tattoo, check the package of the product that artists use and watch out for the following ingredients:

  • P-phenylenediamine
  • Para-phenylenediamine
  • 4-aminoaniline
  • 1,4-benzenediamine
  • p-diaminobenzene
  • 1,4-diaminobenzene
  • 1,4-phenylene diamine

If the henna contains these ingredients, go to another artist.

According to Henna Canada, natural henna products are made from 100% pure henna leaf powder, and are stored in a deep freezer.

Henna powder should be vacuum sealed in light-proof packaging. It has no dyes, preservatives, and metallic salts.

Here’s an extra tip. If you can’t pronounce an ingredient, pass that product, and look for something else.