My teenage daughter says that a tattoo parlor is safer than a mall kiosk for ear piercing. I’m not sure either is a good option. Help!

Yes I would agree that a reputable, licensed tattoo parlor is probably safer than a mall kiosk for ear piercing. Ear piercing is also offered at pediatrician’s offices. Be certain to use a nickel-free earring for piercing because allergic contact dermatitis to nickel is common and appears to be increasing due to earlier piercing in children.


Anna Yasmine Kirkorian Anna Yasmine Kirkorian, MD, is a dermatologist in the Division of Dermatology at Children’s National. Her interests and expertise include vascular birthmarks, neonatal dermatology, genetic skin disorders, inflammatory skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis, pigmented lesions (moles), acne and hyperhidrosis (increased sweating). She is an expert in laser and surgical treatments for pediatric dermatology patients.

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