We’ve all heard the risks of contracting an infectious disease through use of a contaminated needle, but now American Academy of Dermatology expert Michi Shinohara is saying there are other dangers to your skin to consider as well. 

Shinohara, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Washington in Seattle, warns those thinking about getting a tattoo of the following factors: 1) Tattoo inks evolve and now there are many unknowns about how these inks interact with the skin, 2) Tattoo pigments are known to cause allergic reactions, and 3) Tattoos can cause bumps in the skin (quamous cell carcinoma), that mimic the look of skin cancer, resulting in unnecessary and expensive skin cancer treatment.

Read the complete study at the American Academy of Dermatology’s website

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