The Microblading healing process is filled with ups and downs, no question about it.
But don’t let it scare you: During the healing process it is NORMAL to experience some scabbing, some patching and even some loss of pigment.
Healed microblading results are the most beautiful and natural looking way to enhance eyebrows, but the path leading to those anticipated healed results can be a little bit surprising. In addition to following the microblading aftercare instructions, understanding the microblading healing process is essential to avoid undue worry and stress while going through the different stages of healing.
Day 1 – 7 Your Eyebrows look amazing immediately after microblading appointment and you are incredibly happy about the result!
But the Pigment gradually gets darker through out the day and the next days as well.
- Do not let ANY water, lotion, soap, or makeup touch your eyebrow area during the first 7 days after your procedure.
- Wipe eyebrows with alcohol 2-4 times a day. Wipe down your brows any time you are oily or sweaty. Oily skinned people may need to clean the brows 6+ times a day.
- To keep dry, wash your face carefully with a cloth. Keep your face away from the showerhead and don’t wash your hair while in the shower. Taking a bath to wash your hair is the best option. (If you get your brows wet with water, sebum, or sweat, the wound will expand and a scab will appear, most likely causing scarring and rid the area of pigment.)
- The strokes will appear very natural looking immediately but will be much darker the first week then your desired healed result. Once they peel on day 7-10 they will be 40% lighter than day 1.
- If skin is sensitive, the area around the strokes can turn red. This will return to normal after a day or two.
- Don’t use any creams or lotions, other than what is recommended for day 5-7, to prevent possible infections and allergic reactions.
- Contact a physician if signs or symptoms develop such as: Fever, swelling, extreme tenderness, elevated body temperature, red streaks going from eyebrows towards heart, and/or any green/yellow discharge that is foul in odor.
- If your skin is excessively dry, very lightly apply Aquaphor, Hustlebutter, or grape seed oil with a q-tip. The amount you apply should still look dry and not shiny. Don’t do this more than twice a day.
Day 7 – 12 – Scabbing from microblading strokes begin to peel and flake off, sometimes revealing no definite!
- Day 7 you can go back to washing your face like normal.
- If eyebrows were kept clean and dry, only a thin film of skin (not a scab) will appear and start to peel around day 7. The skin will peel by itself gently on day 7-10. Do not touch or scratch at your brows until fully healed. It’s normal for dryness and flakiness to appear after peeling. Leave them alone, they will return to normal once they are healed.
- Note, that because of natural skin regeneration, after recovery period (peeling), brows might appear lighter than original. This might give you the impression that color is fading too quickly. Even with proper care, clients can develop bald spots or lose original hair stroke which make brows look uneven. This is absolutely normal. That is the reason why most customers need a touchup after 4-8 weeks.
- Light scabbing develops where microblading strokes occurred. The main reason is that the pigment rubbed into the tiny new hairs remains on the skin, and in the miniature scabs that form as you heal. Bit by bit, that surface pigment disappears so expect it, be patient.
Day 13-28 – Pigment in skin continues to oxidize and microbladed strokes begin to reappear in color intended from the beginning!
- Entire healing process will take from 2-4 weeks depending on your body’s regeneration and age. Your new eyebrows will go through several phases during the healing cycle.
- Once completely peeled, always apply a layer of sunscreen SPF 30 up to SPF 50 on your eyebrows when exposed to the sun. Sun exposure might cause the color pigment to fade away more quickly.
- When using foundation, avoid applying over your new eyebrows. If foundation covers healed brows, your eyebrows will appear lighter.
Day 30 – 60 – It’s time for the touch up!
- Eyebrows fully healed and ready to undergo the finishing effects of touch-up appointment
- Beautiful eyebrow enhancement/transformation is complete after final touch-up
Gorgeous microblading results are best achieved by dismissing any doubts while undergoing the healing stages of microblading, and continuing to follow the microblading aftercare instructions. Not only is healing a process, but microblading itself is as well. The initial microblading appointment is essential for laying a good foundation, but the final touch up appointment is where the process is completed. Trust the process!
Shall I Pass through the same stages after the touch up session?
that article is really helpful.
I love the picture with the cats because it is so true.
franziska from powder brows
Thank you so much! I am happy that my article helped you through the healing process 🙂
Thank you, for such informative article. Love the cats! Best info I found in my research. Should I expect the same process after touchup?
This is a good indicator of what to expect but – I left my salon hating my brows immediately. The tech did NOT listen and I had huge black caterpillar creatures writhing across my head. Ungodly. My suggestions is – if you have this experience – try to get as much pigment OUT asap. I used a combination of retinol A, peroxide and dabbed with salt water several times a day. I could see the pigment leeching out. My brows are back to before and Ill say this – unless you have a technician that works closely with you to decide brie shape AND color …..don’t do it. This is your FACE.
Oh babe I am so sorry for the experience you had with your technician!
Thank god you found a solution for your problem.
Hi, I’m in Australia and had combination brows done. I’m on day 10. It is a thin film and has started peeling/flaking off. Colour where it hasn’t come off is still so dark. Does all the whole brow film come off? Does it get lighter? Thankyou
its completely normal that the pigment is peeling off. And the color where it hasn’t come off is just still dark because the color didn’t came off yet, 😉 Your brows will get lighter after the peeling is done. Please wait 4 weeks until you see the healed result.
Thankyou so very much for your reply ?