Re: Question for CCJ and others about fading of terped stains

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Posted by Dee on September 5, 2001 at 17:52:37:

In reply to: Re: Question for CCJ and others about fading of terped stains posted by Catherine Carwright Jones on September 5, 2001 at 15:36:59:


I've been watching a terped stain on my hand for the past two days.
For some reason on me anyway it seems like the stain is just on the
very top of my skin. Like it's not really entering the skin at all
but instead sitting on the top layer like paint. After a few days it
starts to look like it's peeling off in small areas. No lighter
stains. Just flaking off in small spots here and there.

What I find really fascinating is that while the stain itself
dissapears all at once. If I want to remove it I can't. I've tried
and can not remove the stain. Can not lighten it with washing,
scrubbing, or anything. Normal unterped henna I can remove from any
paret of my body within a day gently and easily if I want to.

Why is this? Is this only me? I'm really starting to find this very


: As far as I can tell, the terped henna molecules travel down the
: columns, just not as far as usual, perhaps breaching fewer layers
: because they're larger.
: It's fascinating how finite the the final breaching layer is! And
: breakup is very interesting to watch! You can literally have the
: pattern still on your hands at about 10 days .... have a good
: wash ... and its GONE!
: If you think about skin being formed like corrugated cardboard,
it's a
: bit easier to see how something wet to the top edge of the columns
: applied will penetrate more or less evenly down the shafts. Not
: perfectly ... but close. There is something going on that makes
: odd "breaking up" effect you see .. and I'm not sure what that's
: about. It's effecting the exfoliation characteristics, but exactly
: how, I don't know.
: I'm fascinated that without terps, there's an non-stained spot in
: center of non-keratinized skin cell (perhaps a nucleus) and WITH
: terps, the stain is even and appears to stain the nucleus also.
: grateful to have a stain that's so good on non-keratinized skin ..
: I'd sure like to know what's making the difference in that little
: spot.


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