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Man's Temporary Tattoo Causes Odd Allergic Reaction

A night out gone wrong has left a Leicester man with scars on his face in the shape of a handlebar mustache. The man in question, a 28-year-old British plumber named Arran Maye, got the scars when he went out with 20 of his close friends while on a vacation in Spain.

At the request of his friends, Mr. Maye approached a street henna artist in the Spanish city of Benidorm. Nine pounds later (approximately $12), Mr. Maye was the proud owner of a supposedly non-permanent henna beard and handlebar moustache.

Henna ink is used to create non-permanent tattoos, usually lasting for several days to a week at most, and is often used by street artists in markets or festivals.

Mr. Maye and his mates first thought of getting a henna tattoo after participating in an ongoing street festival in Benidorm. The festival showcased fancy dress, and hundreds of the revelers were sporting elaborate facial hair to match their colorful costumes.

However, Mr. Maye’s henna experience didn’t go as planned, with an allergic reaction leading to incredible pain and potentially permanent scars. One of Mr. Maye’s friends, Adam Lewis, also received a henna tattoo from the same artist.

Several days later, Mr. Lewis’ tattoo was already fading away. Unfortunately, Mr. Maye’s tattoo wasn’t fading at the same rate and seemed to be causing the plumber severe discomfort.

As it turns out, the henna ink used by the street artist included trace amounts of an illegal chemical called PPD. Unbeknownst to the vacationing friends, Mr. Maye was allergic to PPD, with the resulting reaction leading to intense scarring and extreme pain.

Although he was using an illegal ink substance in his henna, the street artist told Mr. Maye and Mr. Lewis that their tattoos were completely safe and would be gone in several days. “Stupidly we believed him. We thought it would be a good laugh for our costume that night,” said Mr. Maye in an interview with the Daily Mail.

Mr. Maye’s problems began several hours after he received the tattoo. They quickly got a lot worse. “It was fine at first but then it got tingly, the next day it was blistering and pussing and by Sunday my face was a balloon,” he recalled. “It was like my face was trying to push out the henna. The puss was pouring out and my face was huge and it was so painful. I was in agony.”

By the time Mr. Maye received medical attention, the damage was already done. “The doctors said 100 per cent you’re going to have a scar for six months,” he told the Daily Mail. “It will be exactly in the outline of a moustache. They did mention a skin graft and that it might be permanent. I was trying not to hear it to be honest.”

Despite the traumatic experience, the British plumber hasn’t let the scars dampen his outlook on life. “I’ve managed to see the funny side of it,” says Mr. Maye. “I mean, what choice do I have?” he said. “I look a right idiot though. I’ve had one before years ago and it was fine but I guess that wasn’t on my face.”

Source: Oddity Central
Photos: YouTube, SWNS via Daily Mail

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