Sunday, October 14, 2007

Tattoo removal linked to cancer

I came across this press release today. I wanted to pass this along because I thought that some of my readers might find it useful. Apparently a lot of tattoo removal creams that are sold online contain Hydroquinone. This is the same active ingredient used in skin bleaching creams. In August of 2006, FDA proposed a ban on creams containing this ingredient. This ban is due to concerns of cancer! I'd say as a general rule most people who would be using these products would not know the possible after effects. There is a safe alternative to tattoo removal available at If you have a tattoo and are thinking of removal, please read the following press release and look into all options before you do so.

FDA bans Tattoo Removal Creams?
San Diego - With the launch of it’s new website, warns the public about possible health risks associated with using tattoo removal creams purchased on the Internet. The new site states “many” tattoo removal creams sold online contain Hydroquinone, which is usually the active ingredient in skin bleaching creams.

In August 2006 the FDA proposed a ban on over the counter skin bleaching creams containing Hydroquinone due to concerns about Cancer and Exogenous Ochronosis. This proposed ban is similar to those already enacted in Japan, France, Great Britain and Australia for the same reasons. CEO Rick Barker notes, “Indirectly—and probably without knowing it—the FDA is saying they think the tattooed public may be at risk if they use tattoo removal creams containing Hydroquinone. This is particularly true when you consider most skin bleaching cream makers––prescription or OTC––never recommend Hydroquinone be used more than 4-6 months for maximum effect. Many tattoo removal cream makers online offer supplies well beyond this recommended period.” sells TCA at its website to help consumers remove tattoos in a natural non-laser fashion. TCA is a popular non-prescription skin-peeling agent commonly used by doctors, health spas and private individuals to remove fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars on the face. TCA has twice been medically tested and proven to fade and/or remove tattoos on the body. TCA looks and feels like water and is applied with a q-tip. There is no Hydroquinone in TCA.

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