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Tattoos: Know the Risks and Precautions

Tattoos are permanent art made on your skin. This is done by using pigments introduced into the top layer of the skin. The procedure involves breaching the skin, complications are possible.

The process of tattooing makes use of pigments or inks injected into the skin. These tattoo dyes can cause allergic reactions on the site. Ink for tattoos or the pigments used in them are generally not regulated and are classified under cosmetics. Allergic contact dermatitis is the most common reaction.

The skin is a protective layer that shield you from all kinds of infections. Any break on the surface such as in tattooing can lead to contamination. This can lead to redness, swelling, and a pus-like discharge.

Other skin problems can also arise after the tattoo procedure. Sometimes, nodules called granulomas can appear. A granuloma can form around a substance that the body perceives as foreign, such as the pigment in used in tats.

The risk for infections is greater without appropriate aftercare. Taking care of a fresh tattoo is the basic way to prevent skin problems and protect the quality of the image.

After the procedure, avoid soaking the area and pass up on swimming in pools and the beach. Stay away from the sun, refrain from picking at scabs, and see your doctor if you have even the slightest sign of skin infection. An aftercare lotion especially made for tattoos should be used instead of an ordinary moisturiser or ointment.

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