Synthetic organic pigments used to artificially dye vegetables to brighter color and a variety of other products have their own issues. Research shows there are no lawsuits filed with iron oxide based pigments, unlike so-called “vegetable dyes” or synthetic organic pigments.
Some synthetic organic pigments are okay, but make sure there has never been an allergic reaction. If a technician states they use “vegetable-based” pigments or dyes that is a red flag because there is no such thing used for coloring the face.
One of the biggest warnings from doctors and the FDA are companies that claim their pigment is FDA approved or other magic promises. The fact is there is no perfect pigment for every human.
I manufacture pigments but make no fancy claims or say they are better than any type of manufacture. With that said you will see hundreds of pigments on my shelf and they are from companies all over the United States. If you find a color that works consistently well and is within the FD & C Guidelines, use it. If it does not work throw it in the shit can!
Unfortunately there is no perfect color regardless of type or manufacture and those experts that have cosmetically tattooed for years know this is a fact. The new artist should try a variety of pigments, and when you find a great color, add it to your practice.
Read the other post on pigment on this forum. What I would warn is the company that makes claims that just are not true as per the FDA.
What the FDA does require for pigment used in cosmetics is called FD & C Powders (Not Tattooing). All of the claims by manufacturers that their pigments are better than Iron Oxide is like saying Coke is better than Pepsi!
We have covered a lot about pigments over the years and it is suggested reading all information available.
100% synthetic pigments with 24 ct Gold does not mean it is any safer than any pigment manufactured and is not approved by the FDA.
Some clients ask if the iron oxide in any pigment is harmful to the body. The fact is iron oxide pigments have been used in tattoo ink safely for centuries. At present there have been no lawsuits successfully filed against iron oxide based inks. The basis for this concern is because natural iron oxides (dust and dirt) are found mixed with toxic metals like arsenic, lead and mercury. This is the reason the FDA has imposed regulations in the levels of such contaminants in tattoo ink. Many US tattoo ink manufacturers comply with the FDA suggested regulations, some however, have not. Tattoo inks that are made in China, are not regulated and recent news suggests that at least some of the made-in-China tattoo inks have unacceptable levels of contaminants.
Synthetic iron oxides are made with the goal of eliminating the toxic metals mixed with iron oxides. Synthetic iron oxides are inorganic and non-magnetic, with the exception of some blacks. Their molecules are composed of many differently shaped crystals. UV light can change their structure resulting in loss of color. Many made-in-the-USA tattoo ink that follow FDA guidelines use synthetic iron oxides.
Some tattoo ink will use organic pigment. This is also popular with permanent makeup pigment and inks. Organic pigments are synthetic, not organic; they are named organic pigments because they are used to dye organic things. For example, organic pigments are used to make food appear more yellow. Some organic pigments have been found to be harmful whilst some are just fine, same goes with iron oxide pigments. There is no scientific proof that organic pigments as a whole are safer than iron oxides.
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