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FDA warns against getting temporary tattoos

from The Boston Globe

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning against a dangerous practice that many college kids engage in while on vacation — getting a temporary tattoo. These typically last from three days to several weeks and use a dye such as henna to tint the skin, without piercing the skin's surface as with a permanent tattoo. "Just because a tattoo is temporary it doesn't mean that it is risk-free," said Dr. Linda Katz, director of the FDA's Office of Cosmetics and Colors. Some consumers report reactions that may be severe and long outlast the temporary tattoos themselves. more

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