A Guide to Microblading Pre- & Post-Care
- Updated June 21, 2022
- by Honey Seida
Microblading or semi-permanent eyebrow makeup has gained a lot of popularity these days. Microblading before and after care are critical steps in the procedure that need to be taken seriously in order for you to have the best results.
Microblading before and after care is a set of instructions that you should follow before and after performing this procedure. This care makes the end result desirable and prevents problems such as infection.
Before Microblading Care
Care before microblading affects the outcome of the procedure. By following these tips, you can minimize the complications and risks of microblading.
- Make sure to seek advice before microblading and talk about the shape and color of your desired eyebrows.
- Microblading may not work well enough for you if your skin is especially oily. Because oily skin will spread the color and result in dissatisfaction.
- Do not workout on the day of having the procedure.
- Do not sunbathe before microblading. If your skin is burnt, microblading will not be performed.
- Do not take blood-thinning medications such as aspirin or painkillers such as ibuprofen or vitamin E tablets from the day before you visit the salon. These drugs interfere with the microblading process.
- Stop taking fish oil pills a week in advance.
- Do not drink beverages such as tea, coffee, or alcohol on the day of microblading.
- Do not use makeup on your eyebrows for 3 days before microblading.
- Do not inject Botox (botulinum toxin) and do not take vitamin A (retinol) one month before microblading.
- It is generally best to choose the eyebrow color close to your hair color.
- Refrain from procedures such as peeling, laser hair removal, waxing, and eyebrow removal with tweezers for 3 days before microblading.
- On the day of the visit, try to take a shower because you are not allowed to take a complete shower or bath until a few days after microblading.
After Microblading Care
The care after microblading is almost similar to the care after tattoo but more sensitive.
The pigments appear much darker immediately after microblading and the skin under them becomes red. About two hours after microblading is completed, you should dip a clean ear cleaner in sterile water and remove any excess paint from the eyebrows.
This cleans and sterilizes the affected area and prevents further inflammation. It takes about 7 to 14 days for the skin to go through the healing process and the pigments to fade and become more natural in color.
To protect your skin properly after microblading, be sure to consider the following points:
Avoid Moisture After Microblading
You should keep the area where you have had microblading away from moisture for ten days. This means that even when bathing or taking a shower, you should keep the area from getting wet.
Let’s suppose you have had eyebrow microblading. You should keep your eyebrows as dry as you can and be careful not to get moisture on them for 10 days.
The drier the eyebrows, the more detail they retain, the better the color, and the more natural and delicate the lines drawn. To keep your eyebrows dry, consider the following:
2 to 3 hours after microblading, remove the ointment on the eyebrows with clean and sterile water and gauze or ear cleaners. This is the only moisture that should reach the eyebrows in ten days after microblading.
You should stay away from steam baths as much as possible, and when washing your hair, be careful not to get moisture on your eyebrows.
Always have a dry towel near you so that if your eyebrows get wet by accident, you can dry them quickly. Shorten your bathing time as much as you can, as steam, like moisture, can be harmful to your eyebrows.
When washing your face, be aware that you should not spray water on your face like regular washing. Instead, use a damp towel or cloth to clean around the eyebrows so that the eyebrows do not get wet.
Use absorbent wipes that do not contain cosmetics 3 times a day for normal skin and 6 times a day for oily skin on the eyebrows. For the first ten days after microblading, you should do this to remove dirt and grease from the eyebrows and the area around them.
Do not use any cosmetics for at least 10 days. If your skin around the eyebrows is stretched and dry, you can use a small amount of coconut oil or unscented moisturizers or essential oils on the seventh day. Use a moisturizer only once a day and apply a small amount of moisturizer to the skin if necessary.
Avoid strenuous workouts and try not to sweat much for 10 days after microblading.
In addition to strenuous exercise and sweating, you should also avoid swimming in the pool and going to the sauna. This should be considered until the eyebrows are completely repaired and preferably a follow-up session has been had.
After 10 days, you can wash your skin as usual. Use mild soap to wash your face.
Use only the healing ointments and creams recommended by your microblading therapist.
Avoid Touching the Eyebrows
If the skin around your eyebrows is dry or flaky, never touch it, scratch it or peel it. These shells will fall off naturally. Peeling them may cause staining or undesired pigmentation.
It is not a very good idea to wax or remove hair with tweezers for a few days after microblading.
Avoid Cosmetics After Microblading
The use of cosmetics interferes with the microblading healing process and affects the outcome of the work. Do not use any cosmetics for at least ten days.
The area where you have microblading, should not be dyed for a month.
Do not use anti-acne products or lightening creams during the eyebrow repair stage. In general, the use of any product that contains benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or whitening and brightening creams is not advised.
Anti-aging skin products contain compounds such as alpha hydroxyl. The use of these products is also not a very good idea for a few days after microblading.
Microblading Healing Process
You may be wondering what the microblading healing process is like and what to expect.
Immediately after microblading, your eyebrows look much darker, more visible, and sharper, which may make you look very dissatisfied at first glance.
This phase takes about a week. After this time, the area where you have had microblading looks like sunburned skin and there is a slight redness and discomfort, which is perfectly normal.
During the initial microblading healing process, there is a possibility of scaling around the eyebrows. If this happens, never try to remove the scabs. Allow the damaged area to heal naturally.
The complete microblading healing process takes about 4 to 6 weeks. After this period, the true color of microblading will come out as the color of the eyebrows becomes softer and brighter. Be patient even if you think a lot of color is fading.
Microbladed eyebrows go through various stages during microblading healing process. These stages are:
Day 1: The appearance of the eyebrows has a lot of details; it has a dark color. There is redness around it.
Days 2 to 4: The color darkens and a layer of healing wounds forms on it as a protective layer. Do not be afraid because this step is temporary and will pass.
Days 5 to 12: The protective layer created on the eyebrows is gradually exfoliated naturally. This layer peels off. The new layer of skin that is created is clear, which makes the microblading color look much sharper in contrast. You have to be patient at this stage because the color you see is not the final color.
Days 10 to 30: After ten days, the color of the eyebrows darkens at a much slower pace. The created protective layer is gradually repaired and shows the final color of the microblading.
You have to wait at least four weeks to see the true and final color. During this time, you should take proper care of the area where you have had microblading.
After four weeks, you should have a repair session. In the second session, the shape of the eyebrows is reshaped and necessary corrections are made.
In fact, it is after the second session that the final shape of the eyebrows is formed.
After Microblading Healing Process
Once microblading healing process is complete, you still need to consider some care. By following these tips, you will increase the longevity of your microblading results.
Prolonged exposure to the sun causes the pigments to discolor and fade. After your microblading healing process, make sure to keep applying sunscreen to the area.
For extra protection, wear large sunglasses and a brimmed hat. If eyebrows get in contact with chlorine, wash and dry them.
Glycolic acid, retinol, alpha hydroxide, anti-aging lotions and serums, chemical peels, and laser treatments are some of the other things the continuous application of which can cause the pigments to become pale or even fade.
If you are going to laser your skin to get rid of excess hair or for any other purpose, be sure to let the laser technician know that you have had microblading done. Laser treatments may make the microblading area look darker, lighter, or become discolored.
After microblading healing process, if your eyebrows need to be reshaped, you should follow up with a repair session and this session should not be earlier than 6 to 8 weeks after the first session. It takes about four weeks for the skin cells around the eyebrows to heal completely.
Microblading Before and After FAQ
How many days after microblading can you wash your face?
You should keep your eyebrows as dry as you can and be careful not to get moisture on them for 10 days. The drier the eyebrows, the better the final outcome will be.
When washing your face, be aware that, you should not spray water on your face like regular washing. Instead, use a damp towel.
Is scaling normal after microblading?
Scaling of the eyebrows after microblading is very natural and is one of the stages of microblading healing process.
Peeling off the scales can cause the pigment to disappear, leaving you with undesirable eyebrows at the end.
Let all the shells fall off completely and naturally. As the scales on the eyebrows continue to fall off, the dark colors will fade and the true color will stabilize.
How many days after microblading can eyebrows be dyed?
Dying of the eyebrows after microblading is done for only two reasons. Your reason for doing so may be that the eyebrow color does not match the microblading material or because your eyebrow color changes.
In most cases, if a person has dyed their eyebrows before microblading, they will face this problem. Because after a month, the color of their eyebrows returns to normal.
In such cases, it is always better to ask the person who has provided these services for you for a repair. Because they definitely have a better idea of the details of the procedure they have performed and the severity of eyebrow damage.
But the general answer to the question is that you should not use any cosmetics or dyes until the skin is repaired (about two weeks). After this period, you can dye your eyebrows once a month.
When do I need to repair microblading?
In the early days after microblading, when you are in front of the mirror, you may feel that your eyebrows are not beautiful enough. You may even regret having had microblading done.
But you should know that this experience lasts only for the first few days after microblading. Over time, the color of the eyebrows fades to the point where it needs to be repaired.
Eyebrow microblading repair is done when you want to make your eyebrows regain the desired color. In this case, you can return to your beautician or therapist after ten days. Be careful not to touch your eyebrows or irritate the itchy areas at this time.