The inks used to give Tattoos to millions of Britons each year can be potentially toxic, many are already facing the ban.

So there's some really bad news about the ink used in your tattoo...

Ink can cause allergic reactions, itching that can last for years, and elevated cancer risk, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) said.

It is about to publish a “restrictions dossier” to highlight chemicals which will then likely be banned in inks used in Europe.

Red tattoo inks cause the most health issues, with black, green and blue also causing concern.

Around 20 per cent of Britons have tattoos, and one in three young adults the latter often taking inspiration from celebrity tattoos.

Enthusiasm for them is higher than ever, with Instagram proving especially popular for sharing pictures.

A separate study found that pigments used in tattoo inks had been created for other uses, such as car paint, and were not intended to be in the skin for years.

Rick Stevens, president of the UK’s Tattoo and Piercing Industry Union and owner of five tattoo parlors in Kent, also said that Britain had been flooded by cheap Chinese inks, and ink was not being properly regulated.

“There is no system for checking what is in these inks,” he said.

Source: The Sunday Times

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