Mehndi Side Effects: Be careful of what you buy!

A must read for everyone who thinks Mehndi is safe to use. There are some Mehndi Side Effects that one should be aware of.

Mehndi Side Effects

Shops price Mehndi cones between Rs40 and Rs150, varying based on the quantity and colour. But at some shops you would find brands of Mehndi priced as high as Rs 200-250 as they promise instant results. Commonly known as ‘emergency cones’, these ready-to-use Mehndi cones offer varied shades including the highly sought after ‘black cone’. Most shopkeepers would vouch for the dark black colour by using their cone, but they hardly ever know what ingredients are used in these special cones. Many girls suffer serious skin burns that often leave permanent marks on the skin, after using such cones.

Symptoms Of Mehndi Allergy

The effects of Mehndi allergy are due to addition of other substances such as PPD dye, kerosene and several other chemical ingredients added to darken the colour. Mostly, the symptoms are mild to moderate and localised to the area of Mehndi application. However, severe allergic reactions can also occur and they can be systemic. Find below some symptoms:

  1. Inflammation
  2. Blister formation
  3. Blister filled with watery fluid which eventually break open or subside and from scabs.
  4. Discolouration of skin in the area affected.
  5. The rash in some cases may heal leaving behind scars.

As a precaution, you should only buy superior quality Mehndi, or prepare it at home.

At the initial stages, Mehndi can cause acute dermatitis if one does not see doctor immediately and the allergy can spread all over the body, a renowned dermatologist mentioned.

While ordering your Mehndi Cones, ensure that it has no PPD or chemicals. Only use Natural Mehndi Cones based on Niligiri or Eucalyptus Oil.


Also Read  How To Remove Mehndi From Hands And Legs

Most Common Mehndi Side Effects

A. Mehndi Dermatitis

Henna is usually obtained naturally and doesn’t contain chemicals. But in some cases manufacturers add PPD (Para-phenylenediamine) to henna pastes to darken the colour and reduce application time. But what most people don’t know of, is the fact that PPD is a powerful allergen and its contact with the skin might cause an allergic reaction. Common symptoms that you may experience are wheezing, itching, redness, burning and swelling of the skin. If you are experiencing any of these, please immediately reach out to a dermatologist.

Over the years, skin infection due to Mehndi has increased. It is better to use natural or plain henna instead of the synthetic one. Synthetic Mehndi can leave permanent marks on the skin, and can even cause cancer, Dr. Dhawan from Delhi.

B. Redness and Watering In Eyes

Redness and watering of the eyes, is a common effect when henna comes in contact with your eyes. If you come across such a situation, wash your eyes with cold water and visit an eye specialist. So while you have applied Mehndi, please avoid touching your eyes and rubbing your eye lids. Also, strong smell of the henna might lead to some hypersensitivity (but is very rare).

C. Rough and Dry Hair

Many doctors state that, applying Mehndi to the hair might cause roughness due to the presence of harmful chemicals. Manufacturers add these chemicals to Mehndi paste to intensify the colour. Henna also damages hair shaft and makes it more vulnerable to dryness. In some cases, use of Mehndi for hair colouring might also result in itching and eruption of boils on the head, but this happens very rarely.

D. Bursting of RBCs (red blood cells)

Children suffering from a rare condition called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency, should strictly be kept away from Mehndi or application of Mehndi on their hands or hair. Because of this condition when henna is applied, red blood cells tend to burst resulting in severe health complications. In case this happens, treat this as a medical emergency and go to a hospital at the earliest.

E. Stomach Upset and Vomiting

One should never consume henna in any form as it is unsafe for human consumption. If you accidentally swallow henna, consult a doctor immediately. Henna consumption can cause health complications like: Stomach upset, vomiting and other stomach complications.

Also Read  Henna Paste: How to Prepare At Home

If you experience any of these above mentioned conditions, please consult a dermatologist at the earliest and DO NOT apply any home remedy, like oil, or cream, to soothe the allergic reaction.

So the next time you apply henna on your hands or hair, make sure you follow these tips to avoid unwanted Mehndi side effects. Be safe and stay healthy!

You might also want to read out article on How to remove Mehndi quickly and easily.

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The brain and heart behind this initiative is this woman who understands Indian culture and tradition in it’s true depth. She has participated in all kinds of weddings, and enjoys Mehndi as the best function of any marriage ceremony across all cultures!

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