Do Temporary Tattoos Hurt? Yes and No

Yes for sometimes. Temporary tattoos hurt, but not as much as the injected permanent tattoos. Besides, not all temporary tattoos hurt. If you apply the reddish-brown henna, there are minimal chances of getting hurt. After all, it has been approved as safe for skin application by the FDA.

Airbrushes are almost painless unless you apply them on very sensitive areas such as lips. Lips? Yes, lips (pun intended). Then there are the press-on tattoos. They shouldn’t hurt, but they actually do. Let’s dig into this and much more about temporary tattoos and pain.

Do Temporary Tattoos Hurt?

Yes, they do. However, the pain is almost unnoticeable in most temporary tattoos. Moreover, it may well depend on the location of the tattoo on the skin.

Better still, there are temporary tattoo options that don’t hurt at all. Let’s look into different tattoos and their pain implication on the skin;

1.     Airbrushes

Typically, you get an airbrush tattoo on the surface of your skin. The artist actually draws it on your skin as opposed to injecting it into the skin. Therefore, you should not feel any pain when using airbrush tattoos.

However, the tattoo may hurt a little if you are applying it on more delicate parts of your body, such as the lips (especially for those in comedies or taking up tattoos for an occasion). The lips hurt due to their overly sensitive nature, and the pain is almost negligible.

Airbrushing a Temporary Tattoo
Airbrushing a Temporary Tattoo

2.     Press-On Decal

The press-on decal may be the closest temporary tattoo to permanent tattoos. It is also the easiest to have on, hence the most popular.

When you put on a press-on temporary tattoo, you should wait for some time before peeling off the sheet for the best design. The duration may be between ten to thirty minutes, depending on the brand and tattoo type.

The longer that the tattoo peels stay on the skin, the more color and design you get out of the tattoo. 

The only challenge is that there is pain when removing the peel off your skin. Remember that the peel sticks on your skin like glue, to ensure that it leaves the best tattoo design. However, this makes it all the more difficult to remove, hence causing some pain separating from the skin.

It is even worse when you apply the tattoo on skin that features some hair, say the leg or the hand. When peeling off the peel, the hair, which is already trapped in the sheet, adds to your pain. It is not a wonder to see the sheet come off with some hair, justifying the pain.

3.     Henna

Henna is applied on the skin’s surface, but it definitely gets into the skin. There are two types of henna, reddish-brown, and black henna. 

Red-brown henna is the original type of henna, which is extracted from plants. In most cases, this henna will not cause any pain or allergies to the user. Unless you classify the slight irritation when drying as pain.

However, there is the darker tattoo and the shade that most people want when they want their henna more appealing and lasting. Sadly, black henna may not be henna at all, but simply hair dye. Hair dye is for the hair, which is dead cells, but not for the live skin cells.

For this reason, when you apply black henna, you risk the effects of PDD on the skin. These range from reddening of the skin, where the tattoo is, and the area surrounding the tattoo. You can also get intense irritation, and blisters that fill up with fluid as though you just got a burn.

In the worst-case scenario, you may have to visit the emergency section of the hospital. Even worse than that, you may get a permanent scar from the black henna application.

In most cases, if you have this reaction, it will last longer than the tattoo itself. This means that you will barely enjoy the beautiful art that you had on your skin.

Therefore, it would be best to stick to the brown henna, even if your skin would blend best in the black alternative. 

Or, you could get a dark shade of the press-on tattoo. After all, even when it hurts, the pain is temporary. And, you will get different color shades and customizations. There are even large press-on decals to fill up a whole sleeve, resembling real henna tattoos.

In a Nutshell;

Temporary tattoos may not hurt as temporary tattoos do, but this does not mean that they are completely painless. Besides, the type of tattoo will dictate the hurt. 

Black henna is prone to causing the most hurt, with permanent scarring being the scariest of all. However, the press-on decal hurts only when the peel is removed. As for the airbrushes, you will have a painless tattoo. Even children get a good time with this type of harmless.

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