The art of adorning human skin with different designs is a cultural occupation that dates thousands of years back. People resort to this practice to make a statement, reflect a personal view, become part of a group or for beauty reasons. However, scientists are not so supportive regarding this form of art. New research underlines the danger of certain tattoo pigments reaching the lymph nodes in the human body.
Researchers Learned that the Inked Designs at the Level of the Skin Affect Lymph Nodes as Well
Until recently, no study dived into the long term effects that tattoos can have on their hosts. However, scientists started to notice that people who choose to draw a long lasting design on their own skin have their lymph nodes marked by some sort of ink stains.
On Tuesday, journal Nature published a new paper that took a look at what happens in time after people get tattooed. The report analyzed certain particles of ink and their trajectory in human bodies in four deceased tattooed folks. The skin and lymph node samples were compared to the ones from other two donors who did not have any tattoos.
This way, they found that only two of the four tattooed donors had certain particles inside them located in their lymph nodes. One of them had a blue hue while the other was green ink.
When they moved on to chemical tests, scientists discovered traces of chromium, iron, nickel, aluminum, titanium, and copper. These elements were both in the skin and lymph nodes of all four tattooed donors and were unlikely to come from other cosmetic products.
The Study’s Intention Is to Persuade Fellow Colleagues to Better Research the Long-Term Effects of Tattoo Pigments
Furthermore, the analysis moved on to the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in France. The massive particle accelerator helped scientists scan their four donors with x-rays. They concluded that the tattoos created certain reactions around the lymph nodes. The lymphatic system was populated by more lipids than usual near the infiltrated tattoo pigments.
The study gave no clear conclusion due to a limited number of analyses. However, the team of researchers wanted to raise awareness of the imperative of comprehensive studies on the long-term effects of tattoos given the fact that this trend is extremely popular nowadays.
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