Can I get a tattoo over tinea versicolor?

Yes, because when you treat tinea versicolor, your skin’s natural pigment will eventually return, while the tattoo that was inked over it will remain. “Patients can get tattoos in areas previously affected by tinea versicolor,” says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research, Department of Dermatology at The Mount Sinai Hospital. However, you might not want to get a tattoo in an area with a current tinea versicolor outbreak because the tattoo ink color may appear different when the skin tone changes (you could always get the tattoo touched up later, though, if this is a very urgent tattoo situation).

Contributing Experts

Dr. Joshua Zeichner, MD

Board-Certified Dermatologist

Dr. Joshua Zeichner is the Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology and an Associate Professor of Dermatology at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

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Tinea Versicolor

A harmless skin rash caused by an excess of naturally occurring yeast that shows up in splotchy patches on the body.

Also Called

Pityriasis versicolor

Looks Like

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Frequently Found On

Back, chest, butt

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