Cosmetic Quiz - Test Your Skin Savvy (cont.)
Here are some more facts about tattoos:
- FDA has not approved any color additives for
injection into your skin.
- People who get a tattoo should not give blood for a
year afterward because of the chance of infection.
- Although it happens only very rarely, some people
may have an allergic reaction to the dyes used for tattooing. Imagine being
allergic to something that's been injected into your skin.
- Or, the tattooist may make a mistake. Who wants to wear someone
else's mistake forever?
Speaking of forever, how often do you change your mind
about your hair,
your earrings, or the clothes you like to wear? It's not so easy when you
change your mind about a tattoo.
EXTRA BONUS INFO! Although many "temporary tattoos" are legal,
some -- especially some of those imported from other countries -- are
illegal in the United States because they use color additives that are not
approved for use on the skin. FDA has had reports of people having allergic
reactions to temporary tattoos.
What about henna temporary tattoos?
Henna is a
brown to reddish brown dye made from a plant. It is approved only for use on
the hair, not the skin. If it is black, or any other color besides brown or
reddish brown, it contains other ingredients. It also may contain other
ingredients to make the stain darker, make the skin absorb the color more easily, or make the
stain last longer.
Could these ingredients hurt you? It depends. Individuals are
different and may be sensitive to different things. If you don't know what
the ingredients are, it's impossible to tell what they might do if you put
them on your skin.
- Question: "Cruelty Free" or "Not Tested in Animals" means that no
animal testing was done on the product and its ingredients.
False: Even if a product never was tested in animals, there's a
very good chance its ingredients were. A company might call its products
"cruelty free" because it isn't doing any animal testing on these
ingredients now, although the ingredients may have been tested on animals in
the past. In some cases, "no new animal testing" might be a more accurate
- "Hypoallergenic" triple-header
- If a product is labeled "All Natural" or "Organic," it's probably
False: Remember, poison ivy
is all natural, too! But you probably
don't want it on your skin. It is very possible to have an allergic
reaction, or other irritation, from products labeled "all natural" or
"organic." For example, lanolin, from sheep's wool, is a common natural
ingredient in some moisturizers that sometimes causes allergic reactions.
- Even if a product is labeled "Hypoallergenic," it may contain
substances that can cause allergic reactions.
True: After all, people are
individuals. And there's no telling what any individual may be allergic to.
According to the cosmetic industry, "hypoallergenic" means "less likely to
cause an allergic reaction." But dermatologists - and consumers who have
allergies - know that the word "hypoallergenic" on the label is no guarantee
against an allergic reaction.
- Choosing products with the claim "Dermatologist Tested" is a way to
avoid an allergic reaction or other skin irritation.
tested" doesn't really tell you much, does it? It leaves you wondering about
- Did the dermatologist work for the manufacturer?
- How many people was the product tested on?
- How long did the testing last?
- What were the results of the testing?
SOURCE: Federal Drug Administration, "How Smart Are You About Cosmetics?"Last Editorial Review: 12/9/2008