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Tattoo Inks: What Is Really In Them?

When many people get their tattoos, they might not think much about what is in the inks. After all, tattoos are popular: Three in ten Americans report having at least one tattoo, and common numbers are found throughout Europe and Australia. With so many people getting tattoos (and many having two, three, or more tattoos), surely they are safe... right?

Tattoo Inks Contain Heavy Metals

What you might not realize is that many of the inks used in the skin are made with different types of metals. The specific formulations depend on the brand and colour, but some of the metals used include chromium, nickel, manganese, barium, copper, and lead. During the tattooing process, these metal-containing pigments are injected into the dermis, which is the thick layers of skin under the epidermis. Because there are tiny blood vessels running through the dermal layer of the skin, some of the inks (and therefore, some of the metals) get into the bloodstream.

If you have a tattoo, your tattoo artist probably told you that you might experience some irritation, itching, redness, and other minor side effects from your tattoo. These are the body's ways of protesting against the introduction of the chemical pigments. Once your tattoo is healed, however, it's natural to assume that you don't need to worry about the pigment left behind.

Unfortunately, metals do continue to leach and accumulate in the vital organs. Women with tattoos in the lumbar area might find that they cannot get epidural anaesthesia during childbirth. In some cases, people will experience signs of toxicity such as memory loss, liver damage, tremors, and other issues. Some people will experience skin sensitivity even years after they had their tattoos. And some who need an MRI will find that their tattoo gets hot or irritated due to the metals still present.

Are Laser Tattoo Removal Systems Safe?

Those concerned about the safety of their tattoos or who do not like their tattoos any longer might decide to look into laser tattoo removal. This type of tattoo removal works by heating up the pigment particles so they begin to disintegrate. These particles then travel through the body via the bloodstream as they are processed through the lymph nodes. Unfortunately, this exposes the organs to these metals all over again.

When removing tattoos, it is important to use an excretion process, where the tattoo inks are drawn out of skin, rather than a process where the pigments are forced into the body. Tattoo Out is a tattoo removal system with a simple three-step process to safely and effectively remove all tattoos: You prepare the skin with an easy-to-use numbing product, apply the gentle removal formula, and apply a healing cream to prevent scarring. Dangerous metals will not be processed through your organs; they will be excreted safely through the epidermis. Learn more about Tattoo Out and be sure to sign up for the waiting list so you can be the first to know when it is available.

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