Whether you are receiving your first, touching up, or applying a microblading service, it’s always a great thing to brush up on some microblading aftercare instructions.
As a technician, your microblading classes may have given you insights on how aftercare should be handled but as techniques evolve, new knowledge is uncovered. If you are receiving a service, the tips below will also help you heal efficiently, but it is always important to consult your artist and to follow the instructions that they specifically advise.
Like with all permanent makeup and tattooing solutions, it is important to note that in the days following a microblading session the client will have an open wound. This means that bleeding may occur but small amounts of blood are naturally depending on your history.
However, because you have an open wound you must clean it as such. It is recommended that you clean newly applied eyelashes between three and five times daily, for the first week after your service.
This cleaning will not only help the removal of blood and bacteria, but also keep the brow moist to the point of preventing scabbing or scarring. It is important to note that you should not leave too much moisture in the area as it may cause irritation that can lead to infection.
The best way to clean your brow is with a gentle fragrance-free, antibacterial soap mixed with two-part water. Since the brow is such a small area, a few drops of soap should do just fine. It is also important to reframe from rubbing the area too much or too hard while cleansing.
Recently, many microblading and eyebrow tattooing products (cleansers and aftercare balms) have surfaced on the market. If you choose to use or recommend these products, be sure to have the recipient of the care spot test and check for allergic reactions before applying it to the entire brow.
After cleansing, the area should be pat dry with a clean cloth. For the purpose of sanitation, opt for paper towel over a laundered fabric cloth. Once the area is clean and dry, it is best to apply a thin layer of an aftercare balm. If your skin is naturally oily, it may be best to skip this application.
After the initial week of aftercare, it is important to continue your cleansing process until your brow is fully healed. In some cases, this may not occur until 7-10 days after your microblading service.
Aside from cleansing, there are a few things that each aftercare recipient should avoid.
● You should avoid any direct contact with water or moisture outside of cleansing (including swimming and direct water from your shower)
● You should avoid the use of any beauty products on your brows, including makeup, facial creams, and face wash.
● You should avoid any additional services such as facials, chemical peels, light therapy, or injections for at least one month after your service.
With a little care and love, your microblading procedure will last and heal without complications. Though healing can take some time, your brows can last anywhere from 12 months to three years, depending on your skin.
To extend the life of your pigmentation after healing, it is also important to avoid laser or light therapy and to use a face cream with an SPF, as sunlight can rapidly fade your pigment. If you are someone concerned with fading, be sure to read our article “What To Do When Microblading Fades.”
If you have any immediate concerns be sure to reach out to your artist for instruction.