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Tattoo inks contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that additionally generate deleterious singlet oxygen

Regensburger, J. ; Lehner, K. ; Maisch, T. ; Vasold, R. ; Santarelli, F. ; Engel, E. ; Gollmer, A. ; König, Burkhard ; Landthaler, M. ; Bäumler, W.


In the past years, tattoos have become very popular worldwide, and millions of people have tattoos with mainly black colours. Black tattoo inks are usually based on soot, are not regulated and may contain hazardous polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Part of PAHs possibly stay lifelong in skin, absorb UV radiation and generate singlet oxygen, which may affect skin integrity. Therefore, we ...


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