Is Henna Bad For You? OR Is Henna Toxic? OR Are Henna Tattoos Dangerous? OR Is Henna Bad For Your Skin? OR Precautions And Dangers Of Henna Or Mehndi OR Is Henna Dangerous? OR Is Henna Bad? OR Is Henna Poisonous? OR Are Henna Tattoos Bad For You?

By | June 28, 2012

Following are dangers and safety precautions for using henna or mehndi.

  • Henna is known to be dangerous to people with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD deficiency), which is more common in males than females.
  • Adding the synthetic dye p-Phenylenediamine (PPD) to Mehndi give it a black colour.
  • PPD is extremely harmful to the skin and can cause severe allergic reactions resulting in permanent injury or death.

  • Avoid using black Mehndi on children below 8 years as their skin is very sensitive.
  • Take an allergy test by making a small design before using black Mehndi to check that whether this Mehndi suits you.
  • Do not go in direct sun without applying sun screen on the design, especially in hot weather.
  • Do not henna any infant, ever! Babies” skin is very thin, and henna applied to skin can cause dangerous bilirubin levels in newborns.  If the child is a healthy three- year old or more, you may safely apply a very tiny pattern with pure henna mixed with rainwater, and sealed with first aid paper bandage tape.

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