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Black tattoo inks are a source of problematic substances such as dibutyl phthalate

Lehner, K. ; Santarelli, F. ; Vasold, R. ; König, Burkhard ; Landthaler, Michael ; Bäumler, W.


BACKGROUND: Tattooing has recently become increasingly popular. Using tiny needles, tattooists place the tattoo ink in the dermis along with numerous unknown ingredients. Most tattoos consist of black inks, which are predominantly composed of soot products (carbon black with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons). OBJECTIVES: Black tattoos cause skin problems, including allergic reactions, but the ...


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