Did You Know That Tattoos Effect On Your Immune System Can Be Positive?

Published January 21, 2021
By Celebrity Ink

Could a tattoo have a positive effect on your immune system? Christopher Lynn, an anthropologist at the University of Alabama, published a research article in 2016 with fellow researcher Michaella Howells. Theorising that getting multiple tattoos may boost your body’s immune response. By making you less susceptible to infections. 

So how can a tattoo which pierces the body creating a small wound actually help fight off infection?

The healing qualities of a tattoo

The process of receiving a tattoo is injecting ink via small punctures into the top layer of the skin (the dermis). As the needles pierce the skin with ink, your body’s immune system races in to fight off that foreign matter. This results in an immediate boost in your white blood cells to protect you from infection, creating antibodies to fight off any potential threat. The more your body receives tattoos, the more it can build up an accumulative protection effect, enabling resistance.

Immunoglobulin molecule

Samoan culture a key to research

Samoans have a long history of tattooing, so in 2018, Howells and Lynn travelled to Samoa to study Samoan tattooing culture. Whilst Lynn’s previous research focussed on a small study of women in Alabama in 2016. They wanted to extend their research to see if they were able to find the same link to an enhanced immune response. With a wider sample of people who have a culture rich in tattooing. 

For example, by collecting saliva at the start and end of each session and researching a number of factors for each patient. They determined the biological markers of Immunoglobulin A remains higher in the bloodstream. Even after tattoos heal. Those with more tattoos, produced more salivary Immunoglobulin A, indicating an enhanced immune response to receiving a new tattoo compared to those with less or no tattoos at all.   

What’s the catch?

So science shows us that getting a tattoo could boost your immune system, not to mention the impact it has on your mental health. With the release of endorphins resulting in a momentary state of high. What’s the catch you say? Well, getting just one certainly won’t cut it. You need to get multiple tattoos to see the enhanced immune system results. 

For more detailed information about the research, Dr Christopher Lynn and Michaella Howells completed, visit here.

You can make an appointment for the next tattoo at Celebrity Ink™.

Get your next tattoo at Celebrity Ink

The team at Celebrity Ink can provide you with not only a tattoo that tells your story but also detailed aftercare information that goes beyond the question of how long does a tattoo take to heal.

Our team sets standards in tattoo design while working alongside you to bring your vision to life. Whether you’re seeking traditional tattoos, realistic designs, mandalas, or any other, we have artists specialising in a range of tattoo styles that can provide you with the tattoo you have envisioned.

Book a consultation to discuss your tattoo design, get in contact with the crew at Celebrity Ink, and we will lock you in for your next ink session.
Find a studio