If you’ve gotten ink recently or plan to get inked soon, be aware that the FDA has recalled a variety of tattoo inks because they contain bacteria.
"Tattoo inks contaminated with microorganisms can cause infections and lead to serious health injuries when injected into the skin during a tattooing procedure since there is an increased risk of infection any time the skin barrier is broken," the FDA said in a news release.
The six inks recalled contain a bacteria that may be harmful to human health.
The recall includes:
- Scalpaink SC, Scalpaink PA, and Scalpaink AL basic black tattoo inks manufactured by Scalp Aesthetics (all lots)
- Dynamic Color - Black tattoo ink manufactured by Dynamic Color Inc (lots 12024090 and 12026090)
- Solid Ink-Diablo (red) tattoo ink manufactured by Color Art Inc. (dba Solid Ink) (dba Antone's Ink) (lot 10.19.18)
If you think you’ve gotten an infection from a recent tattoo, be on the look out for the appearance of rashes or lesions consisting of red papules in areas where the contaminated ink has been applied.
"Indications of an infection can be difficult to recognize as other conditions (e.g., allergic reactions) may initially have similar signs and symptoms, leading to misdiagnosis and ineffective treatments," the FDA said.
They add some infections may cause permanent scarring.
Ask your artist if they are using any of these inks at your next appointment.
For more information on the recalls, you can visit the FDA website here.
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