The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning against a dangerous practice that many college kids engage in while on vacation — getting a temporary tattoo. These typically last from three days to several weeks and use a dye such as henna to tint the skin, without piercing the skin’s surface as with a permanent tattoo. “Just because a tattoo is temporary it doesn’t mean that it is risk-free,” said Dr. Linda Katz, director of the FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors. Some consumers report reactions that may be severe and long outlast the temporary tattoos themselves.
The FDA said it has received reports of problems associated with the tattoos such as redness, blisters, raised red weeping lesions, loss of pigmentation, increased sensitivity to sunlight, and, in rare cases, permanent scarring.