Is black light tattoo ink safe?

Black light tattoo ink is not regulated the U.S. Food and Drug Administration so there is no way of knowing what you are putting in your body.

When we talk about reason to remove a tattoo, it tends to fall on the aesthetic side. However, a tattoo you regret can do a lot more than just not look nice. For example, there has been an uptick in people flocking to get black light tattoos recently. During the day the ink is practically invisible so it doesn’t interfere with work, which makes them a versatile option.

Tattoo ink in general is not evaluated by the FDA, but the components of traditional ink (cobalt, copper, aluminum, and India ink) are more familiar and therefore more predictable. The medical community has been pushing for tattoo ink regulation for many years. It does make sense to have oversight on a substance that is being regularly injected into people’s bodies across the country. Still, doctors feel more at ease with traditional tattoos than long-term internal exposure to glow-in-the-dark ink.

Black light ink can be derived from auto paint, which worries people the most, but can also come from fluorescent plants, algae, and fish. This can cause allergic reactions, and that is the side effect we know about.

A few examples of black light ink tattoos:


It is important to carefully inspect and choose a tattoo shop in order to get the highest quality product and secure your personal safety. However, regardless of the location, a potentially unsafe substance will still cause issues and damage. It may be time to limit your exposure and consider removing the black light ink from your body by scheduling a free consultation.

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