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The decrease of pigment concentration in red tattooed skin years after tattooing

Lehner, K. ; Santarelli, F. ; Penning, R. ; Vasold, R. ; Engel, E. ; Maisch, T. ; Gastl, K. ; König, Burkhard ; Landthaler, M. ; Bäumler, W.


Background Tattooing entails the injection of high amounts of colourants into skin. Excepting black inks, red azo pigments are the most frequent colourant used. Part of the pigment is transported away via lymphatic system. Another part can be decomposed in skin, which might be responsible for many known adverse skin reactions. Objective The aim of this study was to estimate the extent of ...


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