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    Tattooing over dark spots

    Thanks for the answer. It is hard for me to live with those spots, I feel like I'm "stained". Maybe people without such discolorations can't relate, and maybe it's 100% psychological, but this is just the reality Thank you for this elaborated answer! I find it odd you don't see the patch. I could notice it even in the dark! Don't you see this big, elongated dark-brown patch all over my skin? I became paranoid because I think I'm the only one in the entire world who's skin got so messed up from simple use of over-the-counter deodorants, so I just don't trust my skin anymore. Obviously I have consulted with many professional people before coming here, but since I didn't get decisive answers, I thought that maybe wisdom of the crowd will be handy: maybe someone heard/saw/know anyone with a condition similar to me and can offer some tips. I have read that red pigment is the most dangerous one, so obviously I wouldn't dare using it, but I saw a long list of nasty chemicals used in other pigments as well, so I don't know what to think anymore, and which color will be the safest (probably black, like you said). I did contact a very popular and trustworthy tattoo firm in my country and explained them the situation. They told me the name of the suppliers from whom they buy the ink. I reached out to them and requested the list of ingredients in their inks/ the MSDS charts, but only one supplier replied back and wrote that their black pigment contains: carbon black 7, acrylic resin, isopropyl alcohol. I don't really know what to do with this information, what do these ingredients mean and how safe they are, I still have some research work to do. I thought the contrary - that deodorants are more supervised and checked in special laboratories, as they are sold in a much greater volume than ink, and have a massive effect on the population. But I guess I was wrong... I haven't tried the alcohol test you suggested, I may try it and see whether I die or not I guess I'll still have to contemplate about this matter a little longer until I decide what to do next.
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    Tattooing over dark spots

    Thanks for the answer. It is hard for me to live with those spots, I feel like I'm "stained". Maybe people without such discolorations can't relate, and maybe it's 100% psychological, but this is the reality :( Thank you for this elaborated answer! I find it odd you don't see the patch. I could notice it even in the dark! Don't you see this big, elongated dark-brown patch all over my skin? I became paranoid because I think I'm the only one in the entire world who's skin got so messed up from simple use of over-the-counter deodorants, so I just don't trust my skin anymore. Obviously I have consulted with many professional people before coming here, but since I didn't get decisive answers, I thought that maybe wisdom of the crowd will be handy: maybe someone heard/saw/know anyone with a condition similar to me and can offer some tips. I have read that red pigment is the most dangerous one, so obviously I wouldn't dare using it, but I saw a long list of nasty chemicals used in other pigments as well, so I don't know what to think anymore, and which color will be the safest (probably black, as you said). I did contact a very popular and trustworthy tattoo firm in my country and explained them the situation. They told me the name of the suppliers from whom they buy the ink. I reached out to them with requesting to get the list of ingredients/MSDS chart, but only one supplier replied back and wrote that their black pigment contains: carbon black 7, acrylic resin, isopropyl alcohol. I don't really know what do these ingredients mean and how safe they are, I still have some research work to do. I thought the contrary - that deodorants are more supervised and checked in special laboratories, as deodorants are sold in a much greater volume than ink, and has a massive effect on the population. But I guess I was wrong. I haven't tried the alcohol test you suggested, I may try it and see whether I die or not :P I guess I'll still have to contemplate about this matter a little longer until I decide what to do next.
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    Tattooing over dark spots

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    Tattooing over dark spots

    Hi folks, Some unconventional questions ahead! I have 2 dark spots next to my armpits (see attached picture of one side) that appeared due to an allergy to over-the-counter deodorants (they appeared like 5 years ago). Unfortunately, the realization that I'm allergic to whatever ingredients that are in those deodorants (aluminum, alcohol, you name it...) was too late and only after my armpits started to cut and bleed, I assumed I should get rid of those deodorants. The result was sever PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) spots that appeared a few weeks after I fully healed. Over the years, I have tried some top-notch creams and laser therapies to try and combat the pigmentation (I visited some of the most famous skin clinics in my country), but the spots are extremely stubborn and don't seem to fade away at all (I've tried IPL, Q-switch, TIXEL, Hydroquinone 8%, etc'). I was told by a lot of dermatologists that the spots will never fade away and that I'll have to live with them. Since the spots are here to stay, I thought that my last resort is to tattoo over them, but I have some concerns. I asked all those specialists that tried to treat me about tattooing the spots, but the answers I got were indecisive. They didn't really know what to tell me, so I'm trying my luck here, maybe someone here can share his knowledge with me. 1. How will a tattoo look when the underlying skin is brown? I mean, will it be like mixing 2 colors with each other, or will the ink overpower the spot's pigment? 2. I know that tattooing on high-friction, high-moisture areas (exactly like mine) isn't the brightest idea, because the tattoo might fade away quick. Is it true? If it is true, how come the "natural" brown pigmentation I have hasn't faded away? Are tattoo pigments and my pigments residing on different layers of the skin? 3. Obviously my skin is more sensitive than others'. Is there any way to assess the consequences of having a tattoo? Can I be allergic to the ink? Can the tattoos cause inflammation like the deodorants did? I read that most inks contain some nasty metals and unfriendly materials that will surely irritate my skin. But maybe are there natural pigments or anything less harmful that I could tolerate? 4. Since the area is close to the lymph nodes, do you think that the ink can somehow diffuse to them and cause unwanted effects? Or am I too paranoid? Will appreciate any kind of help! Thanks.
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