White tattoo particles can travel to lymph nodes a new study has found.
A study published today found titanium dioxide, a common, white-coloured, ingredient in tattoo inks posed risks to tattooed individuals.
“Besides carbon black, the second most common used ingredient of tattoo inks is titanium dioxide (TiO2), a white pigment usually applied to create certain shades when mixed with colorants,” the study explained.
The study found nano-particles in the lymph system a long time after the tattoo had healed.
Researchers argue the presents of the particles raise questions about the potential health consequences of tattoos.
“When someone wants to get a tattoo, they are often very careful in choosing a parlour where they use sterile needles that haven’t been used previously,” coauthor Hiram Castillo of ESRF says in the release. “No one checks the chemical composition of the colours, but our study shows that maybe they should.”