With the growing popularity of tattoos, the potential risk hazards are also increasing. You could be a proud owner of a new tattoo in a few hours, but before that, make sure you are aware of what it involves and how the possible risks can be reduced.

A tattoo refers to a permanent mark or design that is made on your skin with pigments that are inserted via needles or pricks on the top most layer of the skin. The people that professionally perform this art onto your bodies are known as tattoo artists. They use a hand-held machine that operates like a sewing machine, with needles pricking the skin repeatedly. Every prick or puncture leaves an ink droplet under the skin.

Talking about the skin allergies and infections that can be transmitted as a result of using unsterile needles and other supplies, some of the most common ones are stated below:

Skin Reactions

When tattoos are inked onto the skin, they literally open it up and make it vulnerable to one or more of the following skin reactions:

Acute Inflammatory Allergic Reactions

Tattoo inks, specifically red, green, yellow and blue can trigger allergic skin reactions such as a reddish, itchy rash on the tattoo site. The skin becomes red and swollen mainly because of the tattoo ink and the needles that are unsterilized. However, this skin reaction is not very serious and can subside in a week or two.


Tattoos embossed on areas that are ordinarily exposed to the sun may result in photosensitivity, causing an allergic reaction. This reaction is likely to occur on tattoos that are inked in yellow color. The reason behind this is that red and yellow pigments consist of cadmium sulfide that triggers the allergy when they are exposed to the sun.

Hepatitis and Staph Bacteria

Using unsterile tattoo instruments and needles can result in diseases such as hepatitis and other skin infections caused by Staphylococcus Aureus bacteria. Tattoos received in tattoo parlors via unsterilized needles and instruments that are not regulated by the state can prevent you from being a blood donor for as long as 12 months.

Keloids Formation

Keloids are basically scars that grow beyond normal boundaries. If your skin is prone to scarring, then your chances of developing keloids increase greatly after you get a permanent tattoo. Keloids may appear on the skin whenever it gets injured or undergoes trauma. Many people are not aware of the fact that keloids typically form post tattoo removal.

It is extremely important to ensure that all tattoo instruments and needles are sterilized and cleaned before use. Even if the needles are sterilized, one must not forget that the equipment that holds the needles may not be germ-free.. Our Black Jack Nitrile gloves are a great product for tattoo parlours. Our sterilization pouches are too a favourite of the Tattoo Parlour Industry. In order to purchase the most sterile, safe and high quality supplies to keep tattoo tools and supplies protected, turn to Matrix Medical Supplies that stock the best medical supplies online.


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