Microblading Aftercare Tips


Microblading isn't a one and done process. Following proper aftercare is crucial for healing and getting the best possible result.

Here's what you need to know.

What Is Microblading

Microblading is a manual form of eyebrow tattooing using a handheld tool to create hairlike strokes. A small amount of pigment is placed on the edge of a grouping of needles and implanted into the skin. It typically fades within a year or two; resulting in the need for more regular touch ups to keep the strokes looking fresh. Microblading is great for replacing hairs or reinforcing the shape of a brown. 

Immediate Aftercare

To ensure proper healing and color retention, aftercare is crucial. During the full 10 day healing period, be sure to follow these instructions. 

First 48 Hours: Let your brow tattoo DRY HEAL FOR 48 HOURS after the procedure.  

After 48 Hours: Apply a small amount of Aquaphor and press into brow to form a thin layer of moisture/protection. Repeat this process 1-2 times a day (as needed) for 2 WEEKS. Be sure to also use antibacterial soap with lukewarm water to gently clean your brow tattoo 1-2 times a day.

First Touch Up

Microblading is a minimum 2 step process. Your First Session will build shape and symmetry. The Second Session will perfect the brows and add density.  Your First Touch Up/Second Session will occur within the first 6-8 weeks after the First Session. Be sure to book your touch up appointment ASAP. Due to high demand, it usually takes about 2 months to get a touch up appointment.

If you fail to schedule your Second Session in a timely manner, you risk tattoo fading which additional charges may apply. 

Long-Term Care

Additional Touch Ups. To keep your brows looking full, additional touch ups are required every 9-12 months.

Protect Your Brows With SPF. Be sure to use at least SPF 50 to protect your brows from sun exposure, which can cause fading and alter the color of your tattoo. 

Avoid Exfoliants and Lasers on Brow Area. Also avoid chemical exfoliants on brows; they will cause brows to fade faster, too. And DO NOT LASER your brow area. Some lasers can change the color of the ink. 

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How to Know If You're a Candidate for Microblading

Shapely, natural-looking eyebrows have been trending for the past few years now. Microblading, a form of eyebrow tattooing, is a manual method of tattooing many individuals seek to achieve that coveted look.


As we've mentioned before in previous posts, to ensure successful microblading results, it's crucial to do your homework to find the best artist for you. This includes looking for "healed" work by artists, asking people who they have been microbladed previously to see how they've healed over time, and scheduling a consultation prior to any work being done. 

This last step -- scheduling a consultation -- will help determine if you're a candidate for microblading. Unfortunately, not everyone's skin is ideal for microblading. Factors such as the condition of your skin, prior tattooing, lifestyle habits, medical conditions, plus medications and procedures, will affect whether microblading will work for you.  

How Skin Conditions Can Affect Your Results 

The overall health and state of your skin will determine if your skin will be able to heal and retain microblading pigmentation properly. Here are some conditions that can affect whether you're a candidate for microblading: 

Previous Microblading: As we discussed in our post Considering a Microblading Correction? What You Need to Know, it isn't easy to correct over existing work. While microblading isn't as permanent as traditional tattooing, the remnants of what you've had done before will still always be there. A consultation will determine if a correction is a viable option. 

Tanned/Sunburn Skin: Sunburned skin needs to heal first, before any procedure can be done. If you love being out in the sun, and especially if you have sun damaged skin; microblading will not be a good option for you.

Raised Skin: Eyebrow skin that's raised from scarring, moles, piercings, or breakouts will have trouble retaining pigmentation. 

Constant Shedding: Skin that's in a state of constant shedding (or irritation) won't hold pigment well. Skin conditions that cause shedding include psoriasis, keratosis pilaris, dermatitis, and eczema. 

Use of Topical Acne Medications: Harsh exfoliants and acne medications like Aczone, Retin-A, etc. will not make you a good candidate for microblading. It thins your skin and puts it in a constant inflammatory state. Luckily, you may discontinue these medications (with permission from your doctor) prior to treatment. 

Skin That Bleeds Easily: Skin that bleeds easily will have trouble retaining pigment. This includes skin types such as hypersensitive, thin, prone to acne, and ROSACEA. 

Oily Skin: THIS IS A HUGE ONE -- Large pores and skin that produces excessive oil will undoubtably experience pigmentation blurring. Oftentimes the excessive oil causes the hair strokes to blur together, creating a more powdered brows look, as opposed to micro-stroking.  

Deep Wrinkles: Not only do wrinkles age you, they make it more difficult for microblading, too. The feathered, hair strokes can't lay on deep wrinkles.   

Medical Conditions Play a Factor, Too

There are many medical factors that play into your skin's overall health. Thyroid conditions, autoimmune disorders, diabetes, cancer... all of these need to be consulted with your artist, as you may have trouble healing. 

It's advised to consult your doctor first. And if you're predisposed to Keloid scars (those bumps you get sometimes from piercings), that will be an issue as well.  

Don't Forget to Disclose Medications and Procedures 

If you've ever had a negative reaction to an antibiotic (e.g. rash or hives), you know how medications can affect your skin. It's imperative to disclose during your consultation, any past, present, or future medications or treatments that can potentially affect your microblading.

It's particularly important to disclose if you're taking Accutane, or using Retinols or Retin-A. These medications and treatments can make you more prone to bleeding, which will affect your results. Also keep in mind if you're a fan of Botox, you need to let your artist know when you plan to get Botox (or last got it), so they can make sure your muscles have settled first. (General rule of thumb is 2 weeks before, or wait 2 weeks after.) 

Keep in mind, just because a person isn't a good candidate for microblading, doesn't mean they aren't a good candidate for permanent makeup. Stay tuned because we'll be explaining why in an upcoming blog post.

Ready to schedule your evaluation to see if you're a candidate for microblading? Give us a call at 302-656-0555, 302-378-8880 to book your appointment.