Reports have recently been received in the Ministry of Health concerning allergic reactions after using black Henna tattoos. The Ministry of Health warns the public against the dangers of this substance and recommends that this black henna not be used for tattooing.
Henna is a natural, red-brown plant-based pigment in wide cosmetic use in the middle east and the far east. Pure henna is considered a very safe substance to use and negative reactions to it are very rare.
However, when it comes to henna tattoos, it is common to add a black-colored substance to the henna to speed up the painting process and to leave it on the skin for longer. This substance is named Para-phenylenediamine (PPD). this substance is known as a common industrial allergen.
Henna with PPD added is called Black Henna and black henna tattoos increase the likelihood of allergy. Black henna is forbidden for use in skin tatooing products in Israel.This warning appears on the product label.
The use of henna for temporary tattoos is very widespread in Israel. Dermal reactions such as itching, swelling, and blistering which appeared several days after application of the henna tattoos have been reported in Israel as well as in many other countries. These reactions may lead to scarring.
These tattoos are common in fairs and street stalls and mall stalls. Should an allergic reaction develop, you are advised to seek medical attention as soon as possible.