Sumary of Kids’ Temporary Tattoos Can Harm Skin Function:
- But kids who decorate themselves with these transfer tattoos may be disrupting the skin’s protective barrier, Spanish researchers report.
- Meanwhile, permanently tattooed skin differs little from untouched skin, researchers added.
- “Skin to which transfer tattoos had been applied presented lower temperatures, poorer hydration of the stratum corneum [epidermis], and worse overall antioxidant capacity, compared to non-tattooed skin controls,” said lead researcher José Pablo Serrano, from the University of Granada in Spain.
- Serrano added that the traumatic process associated with permanent, inked tattoos can cause adverse reactions.
- But permanently tattooed skin is similar to skin that has never been inked, researchers found.
- “We concluded that permanent tattoos do not seem to significantly affect the function of the epidermal barrier, something that transfer tattoos do,” Serrano said in a university news release.