Cutaneous non-allergic complications in tattoos: an overview of the literature

S Huisman, S A S van der Bent, K I Maijer, D Tio, T Rustemeyer

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Tattooing is creating a permanent design by placing exogenous pigment particles and additives into the dermis. An adverse reaction may occur due to the act of tattooing and subsequent application of aftercare products. Numerous articles report the wide spectrum of adverse reactions related to tattooing, ranging from superficial infections and vasculitis to Koebner triggered autoimmune diseases. These reactions have different time of onset of symptoms, appearing immediately after placement of the tattoo until several years later. In this article we will give an overview of cutaneous non-allergic adverse reactions of tattoos.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104049
Issue number4
Early online date5 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020


  • Adverse skin reaction
  • Cutaneous complication
  • Ink
  • Pigment
  • Tattoo

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