Temporary tattoos can last anywhere from three days to several weeks. Although they aren’t injected into the skin, they do come with some risks, said Dr. Linda Katz, director of the FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors.
Katz said consumers are still at risk for allergic reactions, which can be severe and can last even longer than the tattoo itself.
MedWatch, the FDA’s safety information and adverse event reporting program, has received many reports of serious, long-lasting reactions that consumers did not expect when they first got the temporary tattoo. Problems include redness, blisters, raised red weeping lesions, loss of skin pigmentation, increased sensitivity to sunlight and even permanent scarring.
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