Over the past years, news about the negative effects of black henna has been going around. Thus, confusion on what this kind of skin art is all about is increasing.
People have become more conscious about it and the potential danger and health hazard it would cause. Just to clarify things, the typical and usual henna tattoo is very different from the dreaded black one. In principle, this type of tattoo shares some commonalities with the typical henna but the former is seriously dangerous.
It is very important for people to take note of that ordinary henna is 100% safe because it comes from natural sources and is made of safe raw materials. It is made from the dried leaves of a plant called henna and then pulverized and mixed with water.
The paste material that has been generated by combining the pulverized henna leaves, will serve as the main dye or coloring material that is being used in henna tattoos.
The dreaded ?black? henna
From the material stand-point, the material composition of the dreaded black henna is very different to that of the ordinary henna. It is actually made up of a very harmful chemical called p-phenylenediamine (PPD).
One defining characteristic of this kind of henna dye is its ability to resemble a permanent coloring effect similar to that of a regular tattoo. Its chemical composition also gives its fast drying property and seemingly permanent look.
Causes allergic reaction
Over the years, numerous number of people using this type of temporary tattoo reported worst skin allergies that in some cases would lead to death if not properly attended. The PPD contains a specific compound that irritates the outermost layer of the skin and can progress into a more severe skin condition.
Common skin conditions caused by the ?black? henna