Ask Liz: Henna Tattoos

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Gabrielle Coleman

Our next question is about tattoos. Is henna a safe alternative for those of us who may not want a permanent tattoo? We turned to the Food and Drug Administration, which says:

  • Henna, a coloring made from a plant, is not approved for direct application to the skin.
  • It is only approved for use as a hair dye.
  • The FDA has received reports of allergic reactions from products marketed as henna….
  • Due to these safety concerns, the use of henna on the skin is actually illegal in the United States.

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