Contact Dermatitis: Henna Tattoos

Henna tattoos are popular.  They originated out of the Hindu and Middle Eastern cultures utilizing detailed intricate patterns that can be applied directly using a topically applied gel that stains the skin upon drying…it is not a permanent tattoo.  The temporary nature of the tattoo is what makes it attractive to many.  The staining agent is para-phenylenendiamine (PPD) in black tattoos and this is the allergic agent.  PPD is also used in hair dyes and may cause an allergic scalp reaction.  There are also red Henna tattoos which do not produce a contact dermatitis.  To know more about Henna Tattoo reactions click HERE.

The picture above is a simple Henna tattoo for a child.  The Hindu and Middle Eastern patterns are very beautiful.  If you would like to see a Henna Tattoo applied please click HERE.