HENNA- Can the cuts or scratches be hennaed?

Henna has been in use for the last 5000 years for its versatile qualities and characteristics. Quite popular as an herbal medicine, it has also been largely used to design out intricate designs and patterns for the motive of beautification. Whilst producing Henna tattoos, it has also been experimented for creating permanent Henna tattoos but this progress was abandoned due to the contradictory reports being published. In cases of wounds or cuts, many people try to cover up their injuries by hennaing them. Sometimes, cuts or wounds penetrate through the Stratum Corneum layer, the layer of dead cells, in to the dermal layer which is rather a living tissue and expose it. The Henna patterns applied on the Corneum layer slowly and gradually fade and disappear away as the stained dead cells exfoliate and peel off as compared to the dermal layer. The dermal layer does not exfoliate or peel off. This is the main reason why permanent tattoos are pierced in this layer as they will not fade away or disappear and rather stay for a lifetime as enduring marks. Likewise, if the cuts or abrasions are hennaed, the dye would settle in this layer and produce a permanent imprint. But the Henna dye molecules spread out on reaching the dermal layer as compared to staying in place in the Corneum layer and give an impression of being a freckle. But according to Dermatologists and Henna specialist’s reports, the use of Henna for covering the open cuts or scratches is a very disadvantageous and lethal move. Henna is not at all sterile or disinfected. It can cause infections in the body whilst it penetrates the dermal layer and can damage the living tissues besides this layer. Hence, whilst applying the Henna paste, the design should go around the cut rather than covering it up.

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