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What are the possible complications associated with using pink tattoo ink?

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Pink tattoo ink is associated with many complications, including allergic reactions, skin lesions that mimic skin cancer and skin infections. These complications arise from the plastic-based pigments in brighter colors of tattoo ink.

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What are the possible complications associated with using pink tattoo ink?
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The pigments contained in pink and other brightly colored tattoo inks can cause harmful skin reactions and may be responsible for a rising number of issues with tattoo ink. Some people may experience allergic reactions days, months or years after getting a tattoo. Allergic reactions include itching, bumps and rashes; reactions can sometimes be treated with a topical ointment. A tattoo can also develop a bump or lesion on the skin that looks almost identical to a type of skin cancer. Even though it may not be cancerous, such a bump sometimes has to be treated the same way as cancer and be surgically removed. Infections that involve painful bumps and pustules may also occur in tattooed areas. These infections can require month-long antibiotic programs.

To minimize the risk of experiencing complications, anyone getting a tattoo that involves pink ink should go to a licensed tattoo artist at a professional tattoo parlor. Someone with a chronic skin condition, such as eczema or psoriasis, is advised to consult a certified dermatologist before getting a tattoo. Finally, be aware of the risks, and consult a doctor if a skin reaction occurs.

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