Integumentary System (skin)

Is drawing with Sharpie on your skin bad?

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2011-06-03 00:04:19
2011-06-03 00:04:19

Yes, it puts bad chemicals into your skin, but really don't think it hurts you THAT much. Unfortunately, most people on the web are, wrong about this whole sharpie on skin thing. Your sharpie says is non-toxic. Correct, one point. But, what is it non toxic for.

Well, it's non toxic for is intended use,silly willy. The intended use being writing on hardhats, windows, cardboard boxes, and other such things.

The ASTM standard that sharpies conform to is for writing on things in a well ventilated area. Ie: it looks at the inhalation risk only. Sharpies contain all kind of fun and deadly industrial solvents it can easily soak into your blood stream through your skin. Awesome!

These chemicals, once coursing through your veins can cause liver damage, kidney damage, BRAIN damage, and birth defects.

The manufactures know this, and they only claim to conform to ASTM standard D-2436. Take a look, it's right on your pen. If it's non, uh-oh, you might have a toxic pen.

Try reading this standard, and decide for your self.

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