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Nanoparticles in tattoo ink – is it safe? by Nick Boley
November 12, 2013, 11:23
Filed under: Nanomaterials, Study Results, Uncategorized | Tags: , ,

Concerns have been raised about nanoparticles in tattoo ink following research carried out at the University of Bradford. Researchers in Germany have noticed an increase in health problems related to the increase in tattooing observed in society in recent years. Evidence suggests this could be related to nanoparticles migrating from tattoos through the skin and accumulating in the body.

Work has been carried out to characterise and measure nanoparticles in sunscreens, where concerns have been raised about safety. Work carried out previously at LGC has been successful in measuring nanoparticles in sunscreens using Field Flow Fractionation/Mass Spectrometry (FFF/MS). The question mus now be posed whether we need to develop similar procedures to measure anc characterise nanoparticles in tattoo inks?

 

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