What Is Ink allergy?

Ink allergy is caused due to the solvents, pigments or metals used in the ink. Ink allergy can be in the form of tattoo ink allergy or newsprint allergy. Tattoo ink allergy is mostly caused due to the red pigment used in the ink. Newsprint allergy is caused due to the solvents used in the newsprint.

Tattoo ink allergy can result in rashes, itchy skin, eczema, hives or blistering. Most people are allergic to the red pigment; however, other colors such as yellows can also trigger allergies. The metal oxides used in the tattoo ink can also cause allergies. Newsprint allergy can show up in the form of hives, rashes, and itchy skin.

Ink allergy symptoms are generally related to skin. Rashes, hives, bumps, itchy skin and blistering can develop. In rare cases, it can progress to difficulty breathing, dizziness and much severe allergic reaction.

Preventing Ink Allergy:

If you are allergic to metals or other dyes, inform your tattoo artist about your allergy. Enquire about the metals and dyes used in the tattoo ink. Also follow the proper tattoo aftercare to prevent ink allergy.

To prevent newsprint allergy, try avoiding freshly printed newspaper. You can also try putting the newspaper in an oven in low heat for 15 minutes.

Treating Ink Allergy:

If you have allergic reaction to ink, consult your dermatologist or allergist. He/she may prescribe you a steroid cream to treat the reaction. Allergy tests may also be undertaken to know the reason behind the allergy.

Newsprint Ink Allergy

Newspaper ink is usually only a minor irritant for many people. But, in some cases it can affect the skin and eyes.

Skin Allergies

Newspaper ink allergy could be caused by an allergic reaction to rosin, which is the sap from spruce and pine trees. This sap is used in substances such as newspaper ink, varnish and makeup. Allergy to rosin is called colophony and can cause an itchy skin condition called acute allergic contact dermatitis.

Eye Allergies

Newspaper ink can also affect the eyelids, as they have sensitive and delicate skin. As a result, eyelids are susceptible to may allergens including cosmetics, house dust mites and newspaper ink.


Asthma can also be caused or aggravated by allergy to rosin.


Prevention is the best cure. So, avoid allergic reactions to rosin by finding out beforehand if it is an ingredient in any of the products you want to use. Use protective clothing or gloves when you handle newspapers. Wash your hands with warm water after reading the newspaper.


Contact dermatitis can be treated with immunosuppressive drugs, oral or topical antibiotics, oral or topical steroids and creams.

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