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Does skin absorb henna?

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Posted on Thu, 26 Nov 2015
Question: For a Hematologist or Neurologist: My 17 year old daughter applied a thick layer of XXXXXXX to her fingers, palms, and feet last night for a Bharatantya performance. She has done this many times before - applying the XXXXXXX in the evening and keeping it on overnight. However, this time she covered the areas with plastic wrap so that the XXXXXXX would not crumble and make a mess. She slept with the plastic wrap on. This morning after removing the plastic and washing off the XXXXXXX it appears that no only is her skin dyed, but underlying blood vessels and possibly small nerves appear to be dyed too and appear prominently darker than the skin. We are concerned about possibility of damage to small blood vessels and nerves in her fingers. We have learned that XXXXXXX can contain lead, although don't know if there is any data on the brand she used: India's Best Seasons Dulhan XXXXXXX Jumbo Cone. She is feeling well although she states a somewhat different sensation in the areas that have the XXXXXXX XXXXXXX

What is the likelihood that the XXXXXXX (the XXXXXXX itself or it's lead content) has done damage to blood vessels or nerves, and is there anything we can do about it now?
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Answered by Dr. Shailja Puri (11 minutes later)
Brief Answer: XXXXXXX like XXXXXXX cannot penetrate the skin and stain underlying tissues

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query on HealthcareMagic.
XXXXXXX is XXXXXXX that colours the external skin surface only.
It cannot penetrate the skin and reach the underlying tissues.
Presence of lead and impurities in dyes is a matter of debate and can be proven when a test for objectionable substances is undertaken.
The fine lines that you see on the fingers is not due to staining of blood vessels or nerves.
It could be due to accumulation of XXXXXXX at one spot and thus resulting in over stained lines.
The colour of the XXXXXXX comes off in few days and then you can see that there is no staining of underlying structures.
In case you have more queries, I will be glad to assist.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja Puri




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Does skin absorb henna?

Brief Answer: XXXXXXX like XXXXXXX cannot penetrate the skin and stain underlying tissues Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting your query on HealthcareMagic. XXXXXXX is XXXXXXX that colours the external skin surface only. It cannot penetrate the skin and reach the underlying tissues. Presence of lead and impurities in dyes is a matter of debate and can be proven when a test for objectionable substances is undertaken. The fine lines that you see on the fingers is not due to staining of blood vessels or nerves. It could be due to accumulation of XXXXXXX at one spot and thus resulting in over stained lines. The colour of the XXXXXXX comes off in few days and then you can see that there is no staining of underlying structures. In case you have more queries, I will be glad to assist. Thanks and take care Dr Shailja Puri