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Tattoo Pigments are Cleaved by Laser Light – The Chemical Analysis In Vitro Provide Evidence for Hazardous Compounds

Vasold, R. ; Naarmann, N. ; Ulrich, H. ; Fischer, D. ; König, B. ; Landthaler, M. ; Bäumler, W.



Abstract

In the western world, more than 80 million people decorate their skin with tattoos. Tattoo colorants are injected into the skin, like medical drugs. Most tattoo colorants are industrial pigments, and chemical industries have never produced them for human use but only to stain consumer goods. Up to 10% of tattooed people request removal of their tattoos because of an improved self-image or social ...

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