Permanent makeup is the process of infusing natural, mineral pigments under the skin’s surface. This micropigmentation, a kind of tattooing, is designed to last many years.
But the convenience has its risks. The pigments used can be toxic and cause adverse reactions. According to the FDA, there have been numerous reports of adverse reactions, associated with a considerable number of Premier ink shades.
The inks and pigments used in permanent makeup are classified as cosmetics and color additives, which are subject to FDA regulation. However, the FDA has not regulated their use and has left it up to local jurisdictions. The FDA is just starting to look into the safety issues.
The FDA has two lists of approved colors for cosmetic use,
- those subject to batch certification, which are the FD&C, D&C and Ext. D&C colors
- those exempt from batch certification
None of the approved colors are approved to be injected into the skin, as is done with permanent makeup.
Next time, "Risks Associated With Permanent Makeup"
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