In the western world, the temporary tattoo industry is mostly targeted at kids. However, in many eastern countries, women get temporary tattoos as part of a routine exercise in fashion. Much like how women get their nails and hair done – some women like to get long-staining goop smeared on their bodies in weird shapes.
Unfortunately for them, black sludge from third world countries is something you typically don’t want on you, let alone rubbing it all over yourself and letting it sit there for multiple hours while it burns into your skin.
But look how fashion it is.
We’re talking about Henna. Most people assume that Henna is a safe, plant-based temporary tattoo product. But most people are wrong.
Henna is safe, but only if it is pure plant matter. Many times people add a variety of synthetic, oil byproducts that are used to enhance the colour of the henna. One of these chemicals is PPD (P-Phenylenediamine), which is essentially just black hair dye, and this can turn henna into an alluring pitch-black colour. This black henna can then be used to make temporary tattoos that stay on your skin for weeks, which is pretty convenient for people who want tattoos but don’t want them to be permanent.
Also convenient if you want leukemia.
Recent statistical studies in regions where women repeatedly get chemical-enriched henna show a 96% increase in leukemia rates. Which, if you do not already know, is bad.
The carcinogenic chemicals will leach into the skin over the entire duration of the stain. Some people will develop an allergy to the chemicals., and when this happens, their skin bubbles underneath the affected areas, and will leave horrible scars.
But hey, at least they are horrible scars in the shape of flowers.