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‘Black henna’ temporary tattoo warning

People across Lancashire are being warned about the dangers of temporary ‘black henna’ tattoos.

Black henna is completely different to traditional henna, which is a natural product and is brown in colour.

A chemical called paraphenylenediamine (PPD) is used to make black henna and it is so powerful and toxic, it’s illegal to use it on your skin in this way.

Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, director of public health for Lancashire County Council, said: “We haven’t received any reports of black henna temporary tattoos being offered in Lancashire, but people may see them being sold at shops and stalls when they’re abroad.

“There’s also a chance they may find black henna products online.

“We’d always advise people not to get a black henna tattoo.

“Black henna is different to traditional henna, which is brown in colour and is a completely natural product.

“A chemical called Paraphenylenediamine (PPD) is used to create black henna and it’s so powerful and toxic that it’s illegal to use on your skin in this way.

“It can lead to blisters, scars, potentially life-threatening allergic reactions and increase the likelihood of you becoming allergic to other dyes in the future, which is why you should never let anyone paint it on your skin.”

For more information about black henna temporary tattoos and the negative health effects they can cause, visit: www.nhs.uk/Livewell/skin/Pages/black-henna-tattoo-ppd.aspx

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