Cosmetic Tattoo

TATTOO PIGMENTS – What are they made of?

Ever wondered what goes into those vibrant colours used in cosmetic tattooing? Let’s dive into the world pf pigments.

There are two main types of tattoo pigments:

Organic pigments: contain carbon and are usually bright, pure, light in weight and rich in tinting strength. They are made up of carbon atoms, which form strong, stable chemical binds and are always present in animals, vegetables and synthetic organic chemistry.

Organic pigments are coated in Hydroxide Alumina to prevent pigments from dissolving in our body. Once coated with Hydroxide Alumina, the pigment becomes heavier and will hold under the skin better and increase colour retention. Another advantage of coating the organic pigments is that the coat isolates the organic pigments from our body which will reduce the risk of an allergic reaction.

Inorganic pigments or Mineral pigments: are synthetically produced from metals such as iron oxides, titanium oxides, manganese violet, etc. Iron oxide is widely used in organic pigments because it is the most stable and the most common material compared to other elements. Iron oxide is found in a wide array of Cosmetic Tattoo pigments and they are made synthetically.

Iron oxide if gentle, non-toxic, non-irritating, and provides a variety of colour. Iron oxide particles are larger than the size of carbon particles and, therefore, do not last as long under the skin. When used on the skin, iron oxide is usually hypoallergenic and they’re even great for those with sensitive skin.

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