Successful microblading is a joint effort. Once the PMU artist has done their magic and you’ve left the PMU clinic, it’s your turn to contribute to the creation of your fabulous new brows by following the rules of microblading aftercare.
Towards the end of your microblading appointment, your artist will guide you through this process. But in case you’re curious about what to expect, we give you a detailed day-by-day guide through microblading aftercare.
About the Aftercare Process
The healing period takes from 4 to 6 weeks depending on your age and overall system, but your aftercare routine only lasts until the scabbing stage is over – from 7 to 14 days. Following the rules as closely as possible is necessary for the results to look crisp and for the skin to heal properly.
For more information on the aftercare rules for other permanent makeup treatments, check out our pre- and post-care guide.
Before We Go Any Further
Everyone’s skin is different, so your artist might prescribe a customized aftercare routine which may be slightly different than the one described below. Make sure you follow this routine religiously.
Generally, clients with dry skin are directed towards the so-called wet healing which implies using an ointment after each wash, while aftercare for oily skin usually excludes the ointment.
In the first 24 hours after the treatment, your brows will be sensitive. Redness and some swelling are expected, and the strokes will probably look darker than you want them to. Don’t panic – the color will get lighter in the next few days as some of the excess pigment is shaded.
Aftercare in the first 24 hours comes down to cleaning the area very gently by patting it with a clean tissue, cotton pad, or gentle cloth. You can wet it slightly with water, just make sure everything that comes in contact with your skin is sterile so as to avoid infections. That means no makeup or skincare products.
The point of regular cleaning is to prevent the build-up of blood and lymph in the area. You may also notice traces of pigment on the tissue – this is normal and won’t affect the opacity of your brows.
The swelling should have subsided by day 2, but there may still be some redness and sensitivity which will go away by day 4. The color may look a bit darker than it did on day 1, but that’s all part of the skin’s regeneration process.
At this point, you should start washing the area 2-4 times a day with warm water and very mild soap – aggressive ingredients can accelerate fading, so we suggest you use baby soap, or whatever your artist recommends.
Your artist may also recommend applying a thin layer of aftercare ointment after every wash. The purpose of the ointment is not only to speed up healing, but also to create a thin barrier which will stop dirt and bacteria from coming in contact with your skin.
After the first 48 hours have passed, you can start wearing makeup on other parts of the face, but the brow area should stay makeup-free for at least 2 weeks.
The scabbing stage has begun. The golden rule here is not to pick at the scabs no matter how itchy they get, as you can remove the pigments and create patches which can be very difficult to fix.
Somewhere around day 7, the scabs will start flaking off. The strokes underneath may appear too light and patchy, but this is a normal part of the process. Once the skin has healed, the strokes will emerge.
The skin beneath the scab may also appear lighter than usual – this phenomenon is called milky skin. The new skin is always lighter than older skin, but it should blend right in after a few days.
Keep using the aftercare ointment as prescribed until day 10 has expired. The color should be just right at this point.
At this point, you can relax a bit and bring back some of your regular skincare routine. You can also start wearing makeup in the treated area again.
General Rules for Maintaining Fresh Results
Here are some further tips for maintaining crisp results:
- Avoid sleeping on your face in the first 10 days. If possible, sleep on a silk pillowcase.
- Avoid all activities that cause excessive sweating in the first week. This includes saunas and steam baths, as well as hot showers.
- Avoid exposing your brows to sunlight for at least a month, as direct sunlight causes pigment fading and color shifts, and even hyperpigmentation and scarring. The same goes for tanning beds.
- Avoid skin care products that contain Retin-A or Glycolic acid, as well as anti-age products. These accelerate exfoliation.