Tattoos, skin piercing and body treatments

Useful advice, guidance and details for safe and legal tattoos, piercings and body treatments.


(16/09/2016) Public Health England (PHE) is warning people who have recently had body piercings about an unsafe cleansing spray provided by piercing studios across the country for aftercare use, which may cause severe infection. Find out more >> 

In recent years the number of people choosing to have a body piercing or tattoo has increased dramatically, particularly amongst younger people.

The areas being pierced and the types of attachments are becoming more unusual and even if the piercing is undertaken hygienically certain sites on the body can cause more problems than others. Infection is a common complication of mouth and nose piercings because of the millions of bacteria that live in those areas.  The serious risks associated with such activities, which are often comparable to minor surgical operations, must be strictly controlled.

Other body piercing activities also becoming more popular include therapeutic treatments like acupuncture and cosmetic treatments such as electrolysis and semi-permanent make-up. Whichever treatment someone may choose, all types of skin piercing can be extremely risky if the proper precautions are not taken.

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South Kesteven Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme

Has the tattooist got a hygiene rating? The tattoo hygiene rating scheme provides the customer with important information about hygiene and safety at local tattoo studios. See further information about the new scheme >>