Over the past decade, microblading has become a popular method to enhance and shape eyebrows. This technique can be beautiful and look fantastic for years, however it can also go very wrong! The semi-permanent procedure involves using a fine blade to make small, manual cuts in the skin, which are then filled with pigment to mimic hair strokes. This process typically creates the appearance of fuller, more defined brows.
While microblading can be a game-changer for those with light, sparse or uneven eyebrows, it's important to note - it's not for everyone. I’ve performed hundreds of microblading sessions over the years. I have been up close and personal with skin that's a great candidate, as well as skin that will struggle with the procedure. I've learned certain types of skin just aren't well-suited for microblading.
Here's a closer look at skin that should avoid the blade:
Oily and Acne-Prone Skin
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, microblading may not be the best choice for you. Excess oil or acne itself can interfere with the healing process, potentially leading to infection or scarring. Additionally, oily skin tends to break down pigment faster. This means your microbladed brows may not last as long as you’d like, or it doesn’t naturally fade evenly over time so touch-ups are needed more often than recommended.
Microblading involves making small cuts in the skin, which can be problematic for thin or delicate skin. Delicate skin may not be able to handle the trauma of the procedure, and may be more prone to bleeding, scabbing, or other complications. If you have thin or delicate skin, it's best to discuss your options with a professional before microblading.
If you have sensitive or reactive skin, you may want to think twice before microblading. The procedure involves applying pigment, which can cause an allergic reaction or other skin irritations. If you have a history of eczema or psoriasis, microblading may also exacerbate these conditions.
Sun-Damaged or Aging Skin
Aging skin and skin suffering from sun-damage needs to be closely analyzed before microblading. This skin may be thinner, more delicate, and less able to withstand the mini-trauma of the procedure. Additionally, if you have considerable wrinkles or sagging skin, microblading may not be able to create the effect you desire.
Existing Blemishes or Irritated Skin
If you have existing blemishes, rashes, or other skin irritation, it's best to hold off on microblading until skin has healed. The procedure makes small cuts in the skin, which increases the risk of infection and other complications. This can also make it difficult for the technician to know exactly where to place the pigment that will create a beautiful and symmetrical brow.
Microblading is a great option for those looking to enhance their eyebrows, both in shape and color. However, it's not right for everyone. If you have concerns about whether microblading is right for you, always consult with a trusted professional before making any decisions. This will ensure you make the best choice for your unique skin and your desired outcome.
If you are interested in more information or alternatives to microblading, schedule a free consultation at Toolbox Studio Cincinnati here or text/call (513) 364-2497.