Recently, Brooklyn Beckham got his first- ever tattoo – a replica of a Native American – just like the one his father David Beckham has. He followed it with another tattoo of a camera on his arm. Other celebrities who made news for their new tattoos include Zayn Malik and Selena Gomez.
However, a recent study by Alma College, Michigan, USA, stated that tattoos affect the sweat glands in the skin. Therefore, heavily tattooed people may face health issues. We spoke to city doctors to understand the concerns with regards to tattoos.
“Whether the long-term health is affected by tattooing is unclear. However, if a large area of the body is tattooed – affecting the secretion of the sweat glands – there may be thermoregulatory problems when exposed to high heat and heavy work. This is because sweat glands help in balancing thermoregulation,” says Dr Apratim Goel, dermatologist and laser surgeon, Cutis Skin Studio. She adds, “This study is based on data from just 10 people and more research needs to be done on the subject.”