A weekend with the LADs in Benidorm, complete with fancy dress completion. Sounds like a laugh, right? Well, not if you get a henna tattoo of a moustache on your face, only to discover later that you're allergic to it - as one Leicester man found out the hard way.

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28-year-old Arran Maye was enjoying a boozy trip to the Spanish resort with a group of 20 mates when he decided to have a novelty moustache etched onto his face in henna.

Arran, a plumber, had hoped that the temporary tat would help him to steal first place in a fancy dress competition, but instead it left him with an aggressive allergic reaction, and a moustache-shaped scar that doctors have said may last for up to six months, or even longer.

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Unsurprisingly, he says he's had to endure quite a bit of torment from his workmates. We're not sure what angles they're going with joke-wise, but we'd imagine there are a few Super Mario jabs floating about.

Arran first noticed something was wrong when he felt a tingling sensation in his upper lip, and within weeks his whole face had ballooned to a terrifying size.

It turned out that the plumber was suffering a violent allergic reaction to the chemical PPD (Para-phenylenediamine) - an ingredient found in henna.

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He was rushed into intensive care, and now it looks like he may need a skin graft to fully repair the affected area.

He told the Sun: "The bloke in the shop said it would wash off naturally in a few days, and I believed him.

"It was fine at first, but then it got tingly. The next day it was blistering and, by the Sunday, my face was a balloon. It was like it was trying to push out the henna.

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"In hospital, I was given a breathing mask.

"The doctors said I'll have a scar for six months, exactly in the outline of the moustache."

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Talking about the ridicule he was getting at work, Arran added: "Now the lads at work think I'm a right numpty and will do until I get rid of this damned fake moustache."

So, if you're planning a trip to Benidorm complete with fancy dress any time soon, it's probably advisable to just opt for a clip-on 'tache. Better safe than sorry, eh?

Words: Paddy Maddison

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Chris Ogden

Chris Ogden is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing before completing his NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism. Chris has previously written for the independent culture magazine The Skinny, among other publications.

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