Tattoos look beautiful, don’t they? All that charming body art adorning the likes of Usher, Chris Brown, and Rihanna. Of course, you could have fancied having one sitting on your skin too. But wait…what if you have got psoriasis?
Psoriasis – an autoimmune condition – results in unhealthy coagulation of cells on your skin. These plaques (sort of scaly) can be a nuisance regarding the soreness, irritation, and even burning that accompanies them.
We know you will give the world to recover your beautiful skin – or at least hide those plaques. Therefore, wearing tattoos sounds just smart, correct?
But before you jump right into that tattoo parlor, there are important things to know about the risks of skin complications like psoriasis flares and lesions. I will tell you four things you should essentially consider before getting a tattoo if you have this condition.
How safe are tattoos for people with psoriasis?
The good news is having psoriasis doesn’t totally sentence you from having that eye-catching tattoo. This is especially if best practices are observed during the process.
The thing about tattoos is that ink is permanently inserted into the skin. This comes with the significant risk of psoriasis triggering an immunological response.
Bear in mind that tattoo inks host an assortment of chemicals like manganese, aluminum, mercury sulfide, and iron oxide. Red tattoo inks – just like their yellow variants – have cadmium sulfide. When such ink is exposed to sunlight, you could experience severe photoallergic reactions.
Other chemical constituents like the said iron oxide and aluminum can cause swelling and other allergic reactions like rashes.