Not sure how many people have heard of the latest issues within the skin care industry and products specifically targeted for skin care or use. Latest news out of Europe is a campaign against black Henna temporary tattoos. Para-phenylenediamine (PPD) is illegal in EU but is often present in black henna at high concentrations and tattoos using black henna can cause blistering, painful skin burns and scarring.
The confusion begins as the word Henna is used. Henna is a green plant powder that is mixed with water where it turns brown in a few hours and often used for cosmetics purposes like hair dyes and such in Asia and Africa. Black Henna; however, is not derived from the plant but a substance called PPD, which is found in hair dyes. PPD is allowed in hair dyes but use in products that come in contact with skin (skincare), such as temporary tattoos is illegal in EU.
PPD use as tattoos can increase the risk of severe allergic reactions to hair dyes in future use, in addition to immediate skin burning / blistering, etc. Many associations in the EU have warned public and informed them of nasty severe reactions if black henna is used for tattoos.
Please be warned and avoid use of black henna altogether as it is not a natural product. Again, this is not to be mistaken with green Henna powder from the plant, which is completely different and safe to use.
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