AN INK lover has revealed the brutal allergic reaction she had after getting a tattoo.
AJ Bei Fong, who posts under the username @ajbeifong, took to TikTok to share the horrifying aftermath on her wrist – and people are horrified.
The young woman, who insisted this is not her first inking, was left with dozens of tiny bumps on her hand after suffering an allergic reaction to red ink.
''It's banned in certain countries for reasons,'' the beauty fan wrote in the video.
Warning others to be careful when getting tattoos, AJ Bei added that fortunately, it was not infected.
Although as of now, red ink is legal in the UK, many countries across the EU have banned coloured ink due to harmful chemicals found in them.
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The European Chemicals Agency reported that it was “well known that tattoo inks can and do contain substances of concern such as identified carcinogens and skin sensitisers”.
But no direct link has been made between tattoos and the development of cancer.
Mark Blainey, from the ECHA, said: “The composition of some tattoo inks and permanent makeup raises concerns for public health.
“The most severe concerns are allergies caused by the substances in the inks and the fact that some of the substances might cause cancer, change DNA or be harmful to human reproduction.”
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The ECHA’s report found a particular link between red ink and dermatitis, due to the product’s high content of mercury sulphide.
Red, blue, green and purple inks were said to be more likely to cause small ridges in the skin called granulomas.
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Medical journal BMJ Case Reports warned in June that people with weakened immune systems are at particular risk from tattoos.
The report suggested these patients, including organ donors, should be warned of the dangers.
Seeing the horrific state of AJ Bei's hand, people exclaimed in horror, with one writing: ''my trypophobia.''
Someone else penned: ''oooof that's gonna be a fun scar.''
Another shared their story: ''This happened to me! I have a ton of ink but the tiny wrist tattoo in brown rejected. Same artist, same ink.''
''I know the feeling! Happened on my wrist tattoo like this & on my back tat lines raised so bad it looked like a 3D tattoo,'' a fellow ink fan chuckled.
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