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Is a tattoo bad for my skin?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Typically, the tattoo itself is not that bad for your skin -- that is, as long as you're not allergic to the pigment being used and if the tattoo heals properly. Your skin acts as a protective barrier for your entire body. Tattooing involves injecting some sort of pigment under your skin, thereby making the tattoo site susceptible to infection. As long as the tattoo facility and tattoo artist follow all the necessary sterilization and sanitation procedures, your risk for infection and disease should be relatively low. It's also important that you properly clean and care for your tattoo while it is healing.

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