FDA warns chemical in temporary tattoo ink can cause allergic reaction

The Food and Drug Administration released a warning earlier this week about Henna or temporary tattoos, stating they contain a chemical called Paraphenylenediamine or PPD that can cause an allergic reaction in some people.

PPD is a coal-tar product found in black henna tattoo inks.

Michael Vera, manager at Wacky T's on Ocean Boulevard says his store gives more than 10,000 henna tattoos between June and August.

Although Vera says he's never seen a skin reaction in person, he's aware of how serious the allergy can be.

"If I was doing a henna and somebody was to tell me it was burning or itching, I would instantly wipe it off and tell them, look, they might be allergic. Let's not even do it," Vera said.

Vera added that the store is also required to post an ordinance that lets customers know the risks before they get inked.

"We have a receipt as well and a the bottom it lets them know that it's possible that you can get a rash and if anything were to happen, we're not responsible."

Within the next few months, Vera states that his store is switching over to a new type of ink called Jagua, which is a South American fruit based ink that doesn't contain PPD.

Vera thinks the new ink will put people's minds at ease.

"It's a win-win for everything. It's better for your health, it's better for lasting longer, and it looks more real, which is what people want."

The FDA says to make sure the artist is following safe practices and knows the product they use before getting a henna tattoo.

Click here to read more information from the FDA.