Microblading Procedure On Oily Skin: The Ultimate Guide
There's a makeup trend that has been rising steadily through the years– microblading eyebrows. The end result of this procedure is full brows that look naturally perfect everyday without the hassle.
A question that gets asked often is if this procedure is suitable for all skin types. Keep reading to find out the challenges that come with microblading for oily skin types and how to get past them.
What's inside (Click on the link to go to a specific step):
- Is Microblading Oily Skin Possible?
- How Does Oily Skin Affect Microblading?
- Can These Problems Be Prevented?
- Are There Problems with Microblading Oily Skin that Can't Be Prevented?
- What Does the Microblading Oily Skin Procedure Look Like?
- Does Performing Microblading on Oily Skin Hurt More?
- How to Take Care of Microblading on Oily Skin?
- How Long Does Microblading on Oily Skin Last?
- How to Find the Right Microblading Artist
- Are Machine Brows a Better Option than Microblading Oily Skin?
- Main Takeaways
Is Microblading Oily Skin Possible?
Definitely, yes! People with oily skin types can get a microblading procedure but there are factors to consider.
Procedures done on oily skin typically do not last as long compared to treatments done on dry skin. Getting the strokes to look defined is also harder to achieve with this skin type. Some artists may suggest that getting powder brows as an alternative for those with oily skin and large pores.
There are artists who have a lot of experience with doing microblading procedures on oily skin and have the right pigments as well. Having your procedure done by these artists can still leave you satisfied with your microblading brows.
How Does Oily Skin Affect Microblading?
Here are some potential problems that can be encountered when microblading procedures are done on oily skin:
- It is difficult to get defined and crisp strokes on the brows compared to other skin types. The strokes could end up looking thicker because the pigment may blur a bit.
- The oil in the skin causes the pigment to fade faster, thus more touch ups are necessary to keep your brows looking the way you want them to.
Can These Problems Be Prevented?
If you have oily skin, it is important to get an artist with experience in doing microblading procedures on your skin type. These artists know how to make only a few strokes with enough space in between so that the pigment won't smudge or merge together.
During the touch up appointment, the artist will assess your brows and fill in any gaps in your brows.
Are There Problems with Microblading Oily Skin that Can't Be Prevented?
The longevity of the microblading procedure on oily skin is the one issue that artists cannot be prevented.
Other skin types such as dry skin can expect their brows to last up to 3 years with a touch up once a year. Unfortunately, for people with oily skin, the treatment can fade earlier as in less than 2 years.
Although this problem cannot be prevented, it can be treated with more frequent touch up appointments.
What Does the Microblading Oily Skin Procedure Look Like?
Similar to the procedure on other skin types, the microblading process is done in two parts.
For the first part, the artist works on the general shape and adds volume by adding strokes in between the natural hair strokes. For oily skin types, artists will add less strokes to observe how the pigment will act on the skin. Oftentimes the pigment can smudge or blur up if there are too many strokes.
You have to wait until the healing process is done before the second part of the microblading process- the touch up session. It is during this appointment when the artist goes back to the treated area and fills up any gaps or corrects any imperfections.
Specially for those with oily skin, these two sessions are necessary for a microblading procedure but may not be enough to keep your brows looking the way you want them to. A third session to do another touch up may be needed but it will depend on how the pigment will be retained by your skin and the results after the healing process.
Regardless of skin type, clients can benefit from additional touch up sessions especially in cases when the brows were accidentally scratched during the scabbing stage and the pigment came off with the flakes.
Does Performing Microblading on Oily Skin Hurt More?
The person's sensitivity rather than the skin type is a better indicator on whether or not a microblading procedure hurts. It's common for clients to wonder if they will experience any pain from the treatment and it doesn't help that there are rumors about the procedure being more painful for oily skin types.
Some clients are more sensitive than others so artists cannot assure that the procedure is painless although a topical anesthetic is used . But in general, previous clients have reported feeling some pressure and pinching but not that of pain.
How to Take Care of Microblading on Oily Skin?
The healing process for oily skin types doesn't deviate much from that of the other skin types (read more about that here). The difference lies more in the aftercare instructions from the artist.
There are two types of aftercare healing options: wet or dry healing. For people with oily skin, the recommended method is the dry method. This is done by cleaning the brows with a little bit of soap and water then leaving them to dry naturally without any ointment afterwards.
If your artist has any other instructions, you should strictly follow their recommendations.
How Long Does Microblading on Oily Skin Last?
Microblading procedures done on oily skin types can last around 1 year if done by experienced artists in handling this specific skin type.
It is also important to emphasize aftercare during the healing process since it is just as important as the initial procedure. Artists give their clients specific do's and don'ts to follow at this phase. Some include avoiding swimming or activities that can lead to excessive sweating since it speeds up fading of the pigment.
For clients with oily skin, it is important to book a touch up appointment as soon as the brows start to fade. Waiting too long could lead to a longer session where the artist has to do more and it comes with a higher cost as well.
Ultimately, if you have oily skin, consider that you will probably need more touch up sessions than those with dry skin and this can rack up your expenses in the long run.
How to Find the Right Microblading Artist
The best way is by doing your own research. Look up the artists near you particularly the reviews left by their previous clients. Preferably, look for a certified artist with experience handling your skin type.
If you know someone else who got a microblading procedure, that can also be a reliable way to find a reputable artist. There are also before and after pictures that can help you see what the artists are capable of doing.
Also take note of the pricing of the artists. Getting a microblading procedure on your brows is an investment. Make sure you know the average price of the procedure in your area (you can check them here) and stay away from artists who charge significantly less than the average. Low prices could come from having no certification or lack of experience which should be avoided especially for those with oily skin.
Lastly, once you have settled on an artist, inform them you have oily skin so they can make any necessary preparations for your procedure.
Are Machine Brows a Better Option than Microblading Oily Skin?
An option for people with oily skin is getting machine strokes or machine shading instead of manual microblading.
Nano brows is a procedure done using a machine with a nano needle which results in more defined strokes that can't be achieved manually. Artists who are experienced with handling oily skin types recommend this procedure since the shade can last longer and even lengthen the time between touch ups. A combination of manual microblading and the use of the machine is called combo brows.
More options could also be powder brows or ombre brows. These treatments can last longer on oily skin. The machine deposits the pigment through tiny dots which reduces the risk of blurry strokes.
Clients with oily skin can get microblading procedures with some considerations involved.
Before deciding, clients must know that maintenance can be trickier and more expensive in the long run due to the frequent touch ups. More discipline and attention is also necessary during the healing process.
But getting an experienced artist with the right pigments can make your experience run more smoothly with more satisfactory results.