Looking after your newly microbladed brows needn’t feel like a difficult task.
There is a large disparity in results that can be achieved from microblading and these results are based upon numerous factors such as the composition of the skin (i.e. oily versus dry), how much a customer bled during treatment, how much anaesthetic was used during treatment and, perhaps the most important, how well you look after your brows following treatment.
If you follow the instructions below while healing (10 to 14 days immediately following treatment), you can expect to achieve a great result.
The absolute best results come from keeping your brows constantly moist with the cream that you have been given for the next 14 days.
The small pack of cream you have been given should last you 14 days. During the day, apply a thin ‘film-like’ layer every 2 hours – as a result the brows will have a shiny appearance. At night, before bed, saturate the brows entirely with the cream – so much so that they appear white in colour.
If you strictly adhere to the above throughout the 14 days following the treatment, the individual blade strokes will heal independently from one another. If at any point, the brows have become dry, it is possible that the strokes will ‘fuse’ together when healing meaning that a scab will occur. If a scab forms it is highly likely that it will come away prematurely from the skin – meaning it will take pigment with it. This is the reason why I encourage you to keep your brows as moist as possible with the cream throughout the 14-day period following treatment. If small scabs do form, extend your use of the cream to 15 days.
If your pot of cream runs out, don’t panic! Buy some ‘Bepanthen’ and use exactly as stated above.
The most important factor in aftercare is adhering to the use of the cream as instructed above.
There are however, further points you should take into consideration in the first 10 to 14 days while healing and in the weeks afterwards.
YOU CAN wash/cleanse your face and shower as normal while healing. I would recommend a very mild cleanser or plain soap like ‘Simple’ on the brow area after treatment. REMEMBER: after washing/showering, pat the area dry and immediately apply the cream again – do not allow them to dry out. It is imperative that the cream go on immediately if they have been washed.
YOU CAN exercise while healing. I would simply urge you to use caution as to the level of exertion so that you are not sweating profusely into your new brows. Sweat is full of bacteria, the microbladed area has broken skin that needs to heal and so naturally you want to keep it clean of bacteria. An option if you really need or want to work out intensely is a sweat-band to stop any sweat seeping into the brows. The cream that you will be using naturally repels liquid so provides some protection.
DO NOT go swimming or sit in a sauna, steam room or jacuzzi while healing – swimming pools and jacuzzies are full of chlorine (as mentioned above, the brow area is broken skin that needs to heal and so you don’t want a harsh chemical like chlorine in it). Steam rooms and saunas bring on excessive sweating – for the same reasons as above with exercise, best avoided whilst healing.
DO NOT pick or scratch at any dry skin/flakiness or scabs while healing; let the skin fall off naturally. Picking can cause premature loss of pigment. IMPORTANT: Once the flakes have fallen off, a shiny layer of healing skin will completely cover the hair strokes. It may appear as though the microbladed area has completely disappeared. This is just new skin forming. Within 1-2 weeks, the hair strokes will slowly reappear at a lighter shade as your skin regenerates.
DO NOT apply make-up to the brows while healing (it’s unlikely you would even need to do so during this period as the colour will be intense whilst healing). Cosmetics can be used on the brows once fully healed if you wish.
DO NOT use Vaseline or other petroleum-based products on the brows while healing.
DO NOT bleach the area for one month following the procedure.
DO NOT thread, wax or have laser hair removal on the treated area while healing.
AVOID applying the following products to the brow area: anti-acne products (eg. Benzoyl Peroxide, Proactiv, or Retin-A); lightening creams (also known as skin-bleaching creams) such as hydroquinone; or anti-aging products (see below).
Ingredients that might not immediately be obvious to you to avoid using on and around the brow area include Alpha Hydroxyls (known as AHAs), Vitamin C and ‘fruit extracts’. Anything that ends in ‘ic’ is an acid i.e. salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, ascorbic acid, lactic acid. Products containing acids encourage skin cells to regenerate at a quicker pace – good for a youthful glow, not good for your newly microbladed brows as these products will result in the brow pigment fading faster. You can still use these products on your face but exercise caution around the brow area, ensure when you put your product on, it doesn’t seep into the brow area.
AVOID sitting in direct sunlight for too long for a few days afterwards if you know you are likely to sweat a lot. If you are going away on holiday afterwards, please exercise caution by protecting the area with large sunglasses and/or a hat.
LOOSING COLOUR WHILE HEALING IS NORMAL
The healing process will inevitably involve loss of pigment because your body is trying to heal and there is something foreign in the mix. The best case scenario is that 85% of the pigment is retained after the healing process which will last about six weeks after the procedure. There is no need to be alarmed if there is some lightening to the brow color as this is normal. Immediately after the procedure, your new brows will be very dark, so any lighter shade over time causes panic.
As the new skin heals over the incisions, the pigment will fade, and rows can start to look patchy. It is important to remember that the process takes time and involves touch up sessions, so the first fading is nothing to get upset about. Early in the healing phase it can look like a lot of pigment is lost, but towards the end (so long as after-care treatment is correctly followed) it will be clear that you did not lose as much as you thought.
As the skin heals, it gets dry and itchy. Scabs form and flakes peel off. During the healing process, it is critical that you do not pick at scabs or flakes. Your interference will impact the results, and not in a right way. Pulling off a scab or flakes can prematurely remove the pigment, and you will be left looking like you never even had the procedure done.
Microblading success is obviously going to be impacted by your skin. More oily skin types tend to experience more difficulty with the pigment taking due to the excess oil on the skin. Skin that produces more oil than usual will push the pigment out, so color retention ends up less than desired. It is best to discuss this first with me and allow me to examine your skin. If it is too oily, then it may not be worth getting the procedure done. At the same time, I can recommend ways to deal with your oil production that will ensure it does not interfere with the results.