Mastering Microblading for Different Skin Types: A Comprehensive Guide

Why Your Skin Type Matters For Microblading

Your skin type plays a vital role in the healing process and longevity of microblading. Understanding your skin’s characteristics, such as dryness, oiliness, and pore size, is crucial. There are four common skin types: normal, dry, oily, and combination. Additionally, your skin’s sensitivity is also an important factor to consider, even though it’s not technically a “skin type.”

In this article, we will focus on oily skin, as it is a frequently asked question whether microblading is suitable for individuals with oily skin. But before delving into that, let’s take a closer look at how microblading compares across different skin types. We’ll provide an overview of each skin type and how it affects the healing process.

Overview of Skin Types and How They Heal

Normal Skin

Normal skin types are not prone to breakouts, and the T-zone (across the brows horizontally and down the center of the face vertically) remains adequately hydrated. Microblading on normal skin will heal very evenly, and the color will last for an average length of time, typically around 1 to 1.5 years before a touch-up is needed.

Dry Skin

If your pores are nearly invisible, and your skin often feels tight throughout the day with occasional flaking, you likely have dry skin. Microblading on dry skin will heal very clean and crisp, as fewer oils come through the skin, resulting in the pigment lasting longer, usually 1.5+ years.

Combination Skin

Combination skin types experience hydration in the T-zone but may have drier cheek areas with occasional flaking. The healing process for combination skin is similar to normal or slightly oily skin, depending on the oiliness in the T-zone.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is easily irritated, and exposure to certain environmental factors or products may cause redness, itchiness, or breakouts. For dry sensitive skin, the microblading color may last around 1.5+ years before a touch-up is needed, while for oily sensitive skin, a touch-up is usually required within a year. Slight pinkness and swelling may occur after the procedure for sensitive skin.

Oily Skin

Oily skin is naturally more hydrated and supple, but excessive oil can lead to clogged pores. The healing process for oily skin is unique, with microbladed hair strokes healing in a softer, more powdery manner. The level of oiliness determines the healing outcome; slight oiliness behaves more like normal skin, whereas extremely oily skin will result in softer healing, and the color may spread out. A skilled microblading artist will adjust the placement of strokes for clients with oily skin to minimize blending once healed.

Color Retention And Healing of Skin Types

Skin TypeDescriptionColor RetentionHealing
NormalNot prone to breakouts and T-zone stays hydratedUsually 1 to 1.5 yearsHeals very evenly
DryPores are nearly invisible and skin feels tightUsually 1.5+ yearsHeals very clean and crisp
CombinationT-zone hydrated, cheeks may feel drySimilar to normal or slightly oily skinSimilar to normal or slightly oily skin
SensitiveEasily irritated skinIf dry skin, usually 1.5+ yearsIf oily skin, usually less than 1 year
OilyNaturally more hydrated with larger poresTouch-up needed before 1 yearHeals soft, hair strokes appear powdery and color can spread out over time

Can I Have Microblading Done With Oily Skin?

Yes, individuals with oily skin can undergo microblading. However, it’s essential to understand that the pigment may fade more quickly due to the constant flow of oils through the skin, which dilutes the microblading color.

For new clients with oily skin, it’s likely they will need a touch-up sooner than the recommended 1-year period. If you desire longer-lasting color, the permanent powder brow (also known as ombre brow, shaded brow, or eyebrow tattoo) might be a better option for those with oily or very oily skin.

Microblading Aftercare Steps And Recommended Products

Microblading Aftercare For All Skin Types

Regardless of your skin type, following these general aftercare steps is crucial:

Day 1: Gently wipe your microblading every 15 minutes with a dampened cotton pad to prevent scabbing and color loss.

Days 2-7: Cleanse your microblading twice a day using a gentle, additive-free, permanent makeup-approved cleanser. Apply a permanent makeup healing gel to keep your skin moisturized and prevent dryness.

Additional Aftercare Tips for Oily Skin Types

For clients with oily or combination skin, the aftercare routine requires some additional steps:

  • Instead of wiping your microblading every 15 minutes for 1 day, continue this for up to 3 days to remove excess oils before they dry into scabs, causing color loss.
  • Depending on your skin’s natural oiliness, you may not need to use a gel at all, as your skin already retains moisture.
  • Consider using light creams suitable for oily skin, as they will provide sufficient hydration without the risk of over-moisturizing.
  • Use blotting paper on your microblading for two weeks to absorb excess oil and ensure crisp healing. The more oils you leave on the skin, the blurrier the microblading may appear once healed.

Eyebrow Blotting Procedures for Each Skin Type

Skin TypeHow OftenNumber of Days
Oily SkinEvery 15 minMinimum of first 2-3 days, Recommend 2 full weeks
Combination SkinEvery 15 minFor the first 2-3 days
Sensitive SkinEvery 15 to 30 min if Oily or Combination, Every 30-60 min if Normal or DryFor the first day if Normal or Dry, For 2-3 days if Combination or Oily
Dry SkinEvery 30-60 minFor the first day
Normal SkinEvery 60 minFor the first day

How Do I Determine My Skin Type?

When scheduling your microblading appointment, you don’t need to know your skin type beforehand. Your microblading artist will determine it for you. However, if you are curious about how your microblading eyebrows will heal in advance, you can refer to the information above.

Remember that skin type is genetically determined and generally remains constant throughout your life, despite environmental influences.

In conclusion, understanding your skin type and its impact on microblading healing is essential for achieving the best results. Every client’s needs are unique, and by considering this information carefully, you can enjoy beautiful and long-lasting microbladed eyebrows that complement your overall appearance.

Farnaz Mirarefein
Farnaz Mirarefein

Farnaz is The Founder of Microblading Phinaz Center.
She is graduated from Art & Architect University with a masters in Art and Graphic design and also a skilled portrait artist.

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