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Monday, 8 February 2010

"Black" Henna Allergy


I got an allergy from “black” henna tattoo when I first tried it. I had it when I went to Boracay last year. 3 days after, I felt itchy but ignored it and washed it with soap and rubbed it gently so that it won’t fade(‘coz it doesn’t served its purpose yet, I’ll tell you later what it was), I did not scratch it because I was afraid it would damage more. So the itchiness went on and off. Persistent irritation and itchiness back again after 2 weeks. My skin got reddish and blisters appeared. I research online what’s happening to my henna stained skin…

I found out that I’ve been sensitized to PPD or para-phenylenediamine, forever!

PPD is an organic compound added to hair dye. So when I grow old and when my gray hair starts to appear I can not hide it with hair dye anymore. Pure henna is not black!...it’s reddish, burgundy, or brown…when it’s black, PPD were added into it!...

Being stubborn, I had it again when I came back to Boracay last January. It’s kinda cool! and because it covers my scar on my left leg (that’s the reason why I kept on trying it). For the second time around rashes occurred again but that doesn’t stop me from having it again and again!! Well, luckily for me it wasn’t that bad, some people really had a serious allergic reaction to it.

Just be very careful if you want to try temporary tattoo!

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