Potential Risks of UV Blacklight Tattoos

UV blacklight tattoos are tattoos that contain dye or pigment that is invisible for most people but glows under UV lights. When exposed to long-wave ultraviolet light, these tattoos look a stark shade of blue or green.

UV blacklight tattoos are tattoos that glow under UV (ultraviolet) lights. Normal black light is sufficient to make them visible. These types of tattoos were, at one time, thought by many doctors and dermatologists to be completely safe because they do not use any colour (pigment) in the ink, which they believed was an essential element in the formation of a tattoo.

What are the potential risks of the UV blacklight tattoo?

In the 90s, UV blacklight tattoo inks included a mix of traditional inks with phosphorus which is a carcinogen. However, these days, there are UV inks without phosphorous. Though these types of inks do not glow in the dark, they, however, react to UV light.

Till now, no tattoo inks are regulated by the FDA, and so, there is little to no knowledge on the potential risks of doing the UV blacklight tattoo, especially because, these types of tattoos haven’t been around for a long time.

How long do UV blacklight tattoos last?

UV blacklight tattoos last, on average, anywhere from one to fifteen years. This depends on why you got the tattoo in the first place and how well you care for it.

How do I take care of my UV blacklight tattoo?

When cleaning your tattoo, avoid using alcohol wipes as this would dry out your skin and may even damage the tattoo. Avoid exposing your tattoo to direct sunlight for a long time.

What about UV blacklight tattoo removal?

Tattoo removal is a multistep process. The tattoos are effectively broken up into fragments using either lasers or chemicals that cause the ink particles to fragment, which may then be gradually eliminated by macrophages in the lymphatic system.

The safety of UV blacklight tattoos is still a grey area, and so, for people getting their very first tattoo, it is best to ensure that the tattoo artist you are working with is reputable.

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