Glove Allergy in Tattooists

Glove allergy can affect anyone who is required to wear gloves and sanitise their skin; e.g. latex gloves and alcohol spray.

Tattooists have a duty of care to their clients to ensure that the client is safe from infections within the studio so whilst the use of close-fitting examination latex gloves and the constant sanitisation of the tattooists skin is essential for the safety of the client, it can cause very dry skin which is sometimes recognised as a glove allergy.

Most skins sanitisers have some form of alcohol in them and whilst it is a very effective, “bug killer”, it is also very effective at, destroying the natural oils or lipid layer as it is known.

Latex type gloves are without doubt the best barrier that we know of however they too can also have a detrimental impact on skin. It would not be unusual for a busy tattooist to wear gloves for over five hours in a working day. This constant wearing of gloves causes the skin to perspire excessively, which reduces the moisture content in the skin and causes what most would call a latex glove allergy.

Once the lipid layer has been destroyed by the alcohol the skin will quickly start to dry out which will be exacerbated by the wearing of gloves. Dry skin quickly loses its suppleness and starts to split and crack, particularly around the tips of the fingers and where it stretches over the knuckles. If the problem isn’t dealt with at an early stage the breakdown of the skin can very quickly lead to infections and other potentially more serious issues.

The damaged skin is not only a medical condition it also causes personal embarrassment and professional difficulties, after all, who would want their skin touched and tattooed by someone who has damaged hands from a glove allergy.

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I am 64 years old and have been a professional tattoo artist for 42 years now.

Around twenty years ago we were advised to wear gloves for work. Unfortunately these were latex. Subsequently over the years I developed dermatitis. This was not good for my health as well as my business, due to the damage caused to my skin.

Last summer I experience a severe bout of dermatitis, putting me out of work for two months. Tattooing is more than a job to me, it is my life.

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B.E. (Dunstable)


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