The Microblading Healing Process and Microblading aftercare require lots of extra attention and self-discipline.
In this article, I’m sharing with you a compilation of suggestions, with day-by-day aftercare instructions.
We’ve got you covered! Let’s get started!
Microblading Aftercare Instructions
The first 7 seven to 14 days are crucial to beautiful, healthy brows. Good results rely on how willing you are, to follow the proper care.
Microblading Healing Process Dos & Don’ts
1. Clean the brows Two hours after the process
- For cleaning the eyebrows, you will need a q-tip and a lightly moisten, plus a distilled water. If you don’t have distilled water, you can use boiled water. Just make sure it is cool, to avoid burnings.
- Gently wipe the area, cleaning away any residuals that appeared on the skin
- Gently dry pat with a tissue
- Add a new q-tip and apply a healing balm
2. In the first 24 hours, don’t take vitamins that can thin your blood. Avoid alcohol and some tablets such as aspirin
3. Use Healing balms morning and night in the next five to 7 days, but be cautious not to apply too much of it.
4. Don’t let your eyebrows wet. Don’t let a splash of water get in, be extra careful for around 14 days.
5. No makeup on your brows for the next 10 days, as it can irritate or even cause infections in the area.
6. As time passes, the eyebrows area will be sensitive, itchy, and will scab. It is important not to pick excess skin, scratch, or even better, don’t touch it!
7. It is not indicated that you go sunbathing or swimming for 14 days
8. Avoid activities and situations that will make you sweat for 14 days. No sports, no running, and make sure you stay under the shade.
9. No facials for 2 weeks.
How Long Until I Get My Brows Healed?
Normally the healing takes around 7 seven to 14 fourteen days and during this time, you will regret you got your eyebrows done, but relax, it’ll be worth it!
Day By Day After Care Recap
Now, let’s get a bit more specific and check how it looks like in your day by day routine.
Day 1 (The day of treatment)
- 2 to 3 hours after the treatment wet (but don’t wet too much, just barely dump it) a cotton pad on a little sterilized water and gently clean the area.
- In the first day, do that around 3 to 4 times, any time you feel you should do a little cleaning in the area
Day 2 to 3:
- When you wake up, gently apply a slightly dumped cotton pad (you can use again sterilized water)
- Make sure to be as gentle as possible and repeat this cleaning about 3 to 4 times during the day
- Apply a tiny bit of Aquaphor to brows. But that should be just a tiny bit. Like a dot or the equivalent of a half rice. This will help keep your brows moisturised
- Remember to always be as gentle as possible
Day 4 to 14:
- Clean your brows as usual with a slightly dumped cotton pad. This time you can mix the sterilized water with a one or two drops of witch hazel
- Do it 3 to 4 times during the day
- Be cautious and do not exaggerate on the products because the brows should not be wet or glossy
What Happens To My Eyebrows In This Period?
Now let’s understand a little more what happens with your eyebrows during this period.
When you go back home you can expect this to happen:
- Skin will get a little red and very sensitive
- The color of the lines will continue to be dark and the skin will scab a little (please do not touch it, as you can risk skin irritation)
- After a few days, as the eyebrows start to heal, the color will start to lighten gradually
- The actual color might take one month to settle
- Around the second week you will notice the skin in the area will get whitish (this is also known as milky skin in the tattoo world)
Microblading After Care List Of Don’ts
- No water on the brows. You shouldn’t let your eyebrows wet. Don’t let splash of water get in, so while washing your face and during shower , be extra careful for around 14 days
- No makeup on your brows for the next 10 days, as it can irritate or even cause infections in the area
- not pick any excess skin, not to scratch it. It’s even better not to touch it!
- Avoid too much exposure to the sun. It is not indicated that you go sunbathing or swimming for 14 days
- Avoid activities and situations that will make you sweat for 14 days. No sports, no running, and make sure you stay under the shade
- exercising and sports
- Don’t Sleep on your face
- laser facial treatments
- creams that contains Retin-A or Glycolic Acid on the face and even neck
- scratching and no rubbing, picking and peeling of skin
- heavy household and other heavy activities
- spicy foods
- drinking and alcohol (it can slow down the healing in progress)
- Don’t let too much wind on your face (no conversive cars, motorcycles and bicycles)
- Never touch your eyebrows
- Avoid applying products on your face during this period
Disclaimer: This information is to give you an idea of what you can do, for those who want to get familiar with the instructions. But remember to ask a professional for personalized advice.
The Healing Process Day By Day Exposed!
The most recurrent complaints are itchiness in the area, redness, and flaking in the first week post after.
The good news is, if you follow all the instructions, you should be able to get rid of these symptoms much quicker.
To be a little more detailed here, let’s go through the day by day process of the microblading healing process cycle on average.
Day 1 to 4
- Pigment of the eyebrows are still dark, as the skin hasn’t settled yet. Don’t worry it will look like it’s a bit too dark, but it’s temporary as pigmentation will soothe gradually.
- It is also possible to notice pigmentation on the cotton pad even if you gently clean your brows. This is normal
- The eyebrows can appear to be a little ‘bigger’. Don’t worry it will normalyze soon
Days 5 to 7:
- Skin will start to heal gradually
- Flakes and dandruff like appearance will start to show up
- The skin will appear a little dry
- There will be the sensation that pigmentation is fading. Don’t worry it’s normal
- Time when excess of skin and superficial color is being released
Days 8 to 12
- Pigment might look ‘weird’ as if pigment has faded altogether. Keep calm! Everything is going to be alright!
Microblading After Care Healing Process Days 14-28
- At this point the eyebrows are still not on their best stages. It might even look somewhat irregular and uneven, you might be able spot the improvements if compared with the previous days
- In the next few days, as your skin gets healed, you will start to see more definition on the pigment, as if it is starting to get better with the days and gradually you will start to see everything falling into place.
What To DO If You Have Sensitive Skin?
Even though this is a simple aesthetic procedure, the aftercare requires a lot of attention, before and after your session.
If you have sensitive skin, you might be expecting to go that extra mile and be even more cautious than average.
The first and most step care you should take is to talk to a dermatologist and start to discuss your desire to pigment your brows.
Next, you should look for the very best out there. No trainees and say no with professionals with a low portfolio.
When you go to do your session, it won’t hurt to clean the area. Use a gentle cleanser to remove excess oils and makeup residuals.
The professional will do this as well, but it is good to be extra cautious and prepared.
You can as well, after cleansing, apply a little moisturizer, as it will give extra care and prep your skin further.
To take it easy and you can use a cold compress, if you feel that irritation is on the way.
Just make sure that this cold compress is not wet. Remember that you will need to run from water in the next 2 weeks? Just use a cool piece of cloth or cotton pad from the fridge.
The Touch Up Phase
Once the brows are healed, it’s time to touch up and check everything is ok with your brows.
It is basically the same process of the first microblading session, the difference is that it’ll only fix the areas that need some re-touching.
The touch up is very important and it is not possible to achieve the desired results without doing it.
Down below we have a few frequent questions about it.
Why do you need a touch up?
After you do your first session, your skin will have to have a period to settle.
Not only your skin but also the pigmentation on your brows will be adapting on skin that is already being oversitised and doing its best to get back to normal.
During this time, your eyebrows will eventually change. It’s like skin and eyebrows are trying to understand what’s going on and doing the best to adapt to what has just happened.
The eyebrows will be too dark in the beginning, then it will scab, then loose color, so many chanes will be happening in a short period of time.
As a result, once your skin is healed, the skin will be more resistant, healled, but the eyebrow will not look the greatest.
As you heal your skin, you might notice gaps and irregularities.
It doesn’t mean your efforts were unsuccessful. It means that now, your skin is ready for a touch up.
The touch up, now will be the third and very important because it will refill areas where pigmentation faded away and correct imperfections that emerged.
When Should I Do the First Touch Up?
You should only proceed with touch up when the healing is completed, which can take 4 to 6 weeks.
Your brow artist will know the best time to do it, and should not be done before brows are totally healed.
On average, the touch up can be done after the 5th week and cannot be done later than 10 weeks.
How To Treat My Skin After Touch Up?
As your skin is healed and has gained more resistance, so it is going to be easier take care of.
Only specific parts will be submitted to the pigmentation. This is certainly less traumatic.
How Long Does it take?
The healing process of the touch up phase is going to be shorter (5-7 days) and there will be less reaction on your skin (like itchiness and scabbing).
The after care touch up routine is pretty much the same to the first one you did on your first session.
How often should I do the touch up?
This type of pigmentation is not permanent.
Also, the pigment is more superficial, meaning it wasn’t craved too deep on your skin, and it’s normal it will fade with time.
After touch up, your designer brows may take one to 3 years.
If you have oily skin for example, you may need to do a new touch up a little earlier (around every six months), as your skin type will more likely cause your eyebrow shades more quickly
A good practice is to book a few touch ups in advance so you can keep your brows in the best shape, because with some time you might notice some fading.
Skincare Routine During Microblading Healing Process
There are a few general advice that should work for everyone. As for example, less is more during this period.
In addition there are products that are not indicated to use.
Overtal, during the first 7 to 14 days, you will basically need a slightly damp cotton pad with sanitized water to clean the area.
Always being very careful, because the area shouldn’t look glossy nor wet. When it starts to feel dry you can opt to use a very tiny amount of eyebrows aftercare moisturizer indicated by your professional.
Also avoid exfoliation, and to be on the safe side I’d avoid facials in general at least in the first 2 weeks.
Here is a list of some products that are ok to use during your microblading after care:
Aquaphor Healing Ointment
- You can mix it with sterilized water and use it during your microblading after care
- Just make sure (as I repeated myself many times) to use just a tiny amount of it (as half size of a rice grain)
- You don’t want your brows to be glossy or soaked
Antibacterial Soap (when he healing is complete)
- Antibacterial soap can be a great ally for your microblading after care. You know that in the first 2 weeks it’s important not to splash water in the area but once the healing is complete, you should go for antibacterial soap big time.
Gentle Facial Wash
- And if it’s Antibacterial that should be even beetter
Frequently Asked Questions
Take a look at these questions, and if you have more questions you can send me a message.
How Long Do You Use Ointment?
Ointment is a very important item in this time.
You can use Ointment every day, twice a day for approximately 7 days in general.
Of course it can take a little less or a little more, but on average, 7 days should be enough.
Always remember to consult with your beautician for personalised details, that matches your organism.
When Can I Wash My Face?
There is a difference between wash your face and let your brows wet. You can wash your face but don’t wet your brows on the first 7 days at all.
It is indicated to consult your beautician for personalised instructions, but in general, avoid getting brows wet in the first 7 days.
1. What’s recommended to do before my appointment?
There are a few things to prepare before you enter your microblading session. Here we have a list that you really should pay attention because these recommendations are really importante:
- You should not drink alcohol and caffeine 24 hours before the session
- 72 hours before the treatment, make sure you don’t take certain medications, such as blood thinners, Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E. This will be better discussed with your steticistian as they will confirm what should not be taken.
- Don’t do any botox procedure, 2 weeks before or after the microblading
- Avoid doing it during the menstrual period, because you are more sensitive to pain and irritation
- Don’t book a waxing session at least 3 days before the microblading
- Make sure your face is already cleansing when you arrive to the clinic
- Talk to your esteticista if you have very sensitive skin
2. Can everyone do it?
No. there is a group of people that microblading is not indicated. Here I share the list of people that are not suitable to microblading:
- A person’s immune system and healing problems, heat problems, had taken Accutane in the past year and poor health in general might be an indicator that microblading is not a good idea. If you have any type of concern in this matter, talk to your doctor.
- If you are sick you shouldn’t book a microblading session. It will be better to wait.
- Microblading is not indicated to be done during pregnancy.
4. When Can I wash my face and/or start using makeup?
Some people argue that after 7 days. The more conservative will tell you to wait 14 days. Your esthetician will tell you what’s best for you but moreover, people claim 7 days should be enough
5. How Long Does It Last?
This is semi-permanent and can last as long as one to three years.
As the pigment will start to fade after one year, you will need another touch up to keep and prolong it.
As we have mentioned before, oily skin might need to do a touch up a touch up earlier, because the oil and sweats might cause the pigmentation to fade away more quickly.
It’s always good to check up with your chosen professional, so you can have a more exact idea of how you can plan your retouches in advance.
Here’s a list of a few factors that can cause your eyebrows to fade away quicker:
- Too much sun and sweating
- Too much exfoliating
- Low Iron on your body system
- Too much beach
7. What Should I do to maintain my eyebrows when the microblading healing process ends?
There are a few things you can do to keep your microbladed eyebrows for longer. Applying sunscreen can be a good idea to help your brows not to fade.
8. Does It Hurt?
You can feel a slightly strange sensation, and it doesn’t really hurt because the professional will numb the area. It is not the best sensation in the world but you’ll be alright and pretty happy afterward.
Microblading After Care Final Considerations
I totally understand that the Microblading Aftercare is not really the best part of the microblading healing process, but hey..her friend’s brows are amazing now.
First, do your research and take some time looking for a professional with a great background. I advise that before your actual microblading session, you book a session zero, for talking and make all your questions.
Put some time and thoughts on how you want your brow to look like and ask the professional advice on what shape suits your face the best.
Continue doing as you are doing! You are reading about and doing your research right now and this is great. Continue with an extensive research and try to know as much as you can about it.
Ask other people how they feel and how they managed to go through the healing process.
This is going to be a period in which you will be more sensitive. You will not only be obsessed about not letting water get in, but there will be a bunch of things (as we have covered in the article) that you will have to be doing.
Make sure to relax and remind yourself about what comes next. It will be very worthwhile doing all these sacrifices, the results are stunning and you will be happy, proud of yourself and your self esteem will thank you later!
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