Las Vegas permanent makeup artist on permanent makeup pigments………..
Are organic pigments safer than inorganic or iron oxide permanent makeup pigments?
Aren’t “organic” pigments natural?
I am going to keep this super simple for clients and those who aren’t in the cosmetic tattoo and permanent makeup field. I will list some links at the bottom if you want to go further into detail about chemistry and scientific data. I want to keep this short and sweet for the average client.
When we hear natural or organic, we seem to put our guard down and automatically assume its safe and healthy. Organic pigments are not superior pigments. Many organic pigment producers stress that they are vegetable dyes and that sounds nice doesn’t it? Don’t be fooled as they are not derived from vegetables at all but are typically synthetic dyes used to dye the vegetables and organic things. So much for natural right? Very few pigments that claim organic are actually derived from a vegetable. Inorganic and iron oxide pigments are not derived from dirt and dust. They do not contain the harmful toxic metals of the iron oxides found in nature. Most U.S. tattoo and permanent makeup pigment manufactures use synthetic iron oxides and abide by the FDA ingredient standards. This does not mean that iron oxide inorganic pigment is FDA approved. No pigment has the FDA approval stamp to this day. It means that responsible manufacturers abide by FDA suggestions to eliminate toxins and magnetic particals with the use of synthetic iron oxide.
So what about allergic reactions? There is a lot of silly hype that “natural” and “organic” pigments would be the best choice to avoid an allergic reaction. Iron oxide has been used in tattoo artistry for centuries. When the craze for organic pigments hit the permanent makeup market, many permanent makeup professionals (including myself) jumped right in and bought it up. Well, what seemed a better alternative caused a bit of a stir. Allergic reactions to these so called organic, iron oxide free pigments happened. Allergic reactions are possible with anything you put on or into the skin but iron oxides are tried and true. They have been around for ages and have been safely used by tattoo artists on millions of people.
An amazing article that goes into detail about pigment ingredients by Dr. Linda Dixon http://www.kolorsource.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8&Itemid=22
See what the FDA says about ingredients www.fda.gov
Check out Medicine.Net and see what else you can learn about pigments. http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=50278
Charles S. Zwerling, MD, chairman of the American Academy of Micropigmentation (AAM) in Goldsboro, N.C, has said that pigments, like iron oxide, rarely cause allergic reactions. “Iron oxide has been shown to be the safestpigment,” he says. “Anything that is vegetable based, organic, or natural is the most risky. It’s the natural products in vegetables and herbs that can cause horrible allergic reactions.”
MY OPINION BASED ON MY EXPERIENCE – Not facts, just my two cents : )
I believe in one brand of pigment I have used safely for 15 years. It is made by a reputable company in the U.S. Granted, I tried out the organic pigments for a very short time but I went right back to old faithful. My company who manufactures my pigments has never been sued and has never had to recall a pigment. I have never seen an allergic reaction with them. I am not saying it is not possible. Anything is possible.
I did not personally care for the bright vivid colors of the organic pigments. I did not care for the way they faded and healed. Mostly I did not care for the two allergic reactions that I observed with these pigments. That meant that all of those pigments were going into my trash can. That is all I have to say about that, Las Vegas.
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