Brushing Teeth After Lip Blush: How to Do It Correctly + What to Avoid

By PMUHub Editorial Team| Last updated on June 30, 2023
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⏱️ 4 min read

Lip blush is one of the most popular permanent makeup procedures to date and for good reason – it gives your lips long-lasting color that doesn’t come off when eating or drinking, it can perfect your lip shape, and even neutralize uneven pigmentation.

However, getting back to your regular hygiene and skincare routine after lip blush can be challenging without proper guidance.

Read this article to discover the best way of brushing teeth after lip blush and how to do it safely, plus pick up some useful tips along the way.

Can I Brush My Teeth After Lip Blush Tattoo?

The short answer is yes – you can brush your teeth after lip blush. However, it’s crucial to approach this process with care and follow specific guidelines to avoid any potential complications.

Like any other tattoo, lip blushing leaves open wounds throughout the treated area that are vulnerable to infection and need time to heal.

And while many factors determine how long your lip blush will last and how vibrant the color will heal, toothpaste and teeth whitening agents are compromising factors so make sure you use them properly, especially in the first 48 hours.

Let’s go through how to handle oral hygiene after lip blush, and then take a look at some more general aftercare rules.

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Brushing Teeth After Lip Blush: Dos & Don’ts

Before we begin to explain how to brush your teeth right after getting a lip tattoo and moving forward, we first need to look at some dos and don’ts that will help make the process of brushing teeth after lip blush as smooth as possible:


  • Wait at least a couple of hours after getting your lip blush before brushing your teeth. This waiting period allows the pigments to settle into the skin and the swelling to subside a bit.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to minimize any potential irritation or damage to the treated area. Hard bristles can be abrasive and may disrupt the healing process or cause discomfort.
  • Brush your teeth gently, especially in the area around the lips. Apply minimal pressure and avoid scrubbing vigorously to prevent the pigments from becoming dislodged prematurely.
  • Don’t forget to rinse. After brushing your teeth, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water to remove any toothpaste residue or other particles that may come into contact with your lip blush tattoo.


  • Avoid direct contact with your lips when brushing your teeth. Be mindful not to touch or rub the toothbrush directly on the treated area as this can cause irritation and disrupt the healing process.
  • Avoid whitening toothpaste and very minty mouthwashes. Some toothpaste and mouthwash products contain strong chemicals or abrasives that can irritate the skin and affect the healing of your lip blush tattoo.
  • Refrain from using electric toothbrushes. Electric toothbrushes can be too aggressive on the delicate skin around the lips. Stick to a manual toothbrush with soft bristles to minimize the risk of complications.

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How Do I Brush My Teeth After Lip Blush?

Dental hygiene is a very important part of our daily lives and you don’t need to skip it after getting a lip blush tattoo. Here are some tips on proper teeth brushing after lip blush:

Right After Treatment

Brushing your teeth during the first 24 hours of your treatment requires some adjustments to your routine. Before reaching out for your toothpaste and toothbrush, you should first protect your lips.

Apply your prescribed lip ointment to the lips and put cotton balls on the inside of your mouth to prevent the toothbrush from rubbing against the treated area.

Put a small amount of non-whitening toothpaste on a dry soft bristle brush. A dry toothbrush will prevent the toothpaste from foaming too much and getting on your lips. Brush as you normally would, but make sure not to go over your lips.

Once you’re done brushing, use a straw to rinse. Suck in water or mouthwash carefully and spit it back out through your straw. Be careful not to wet your lips.

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48 Hours After Treatment

Continue with your regular dental routine but prevent the lips from getting wet. Be careful when washing your face as well.

With the toothbrush angled slightly toward your teeth, gently brush in circular motions, paying extra attention to avoid contact with the lips. You should still avoid teeth whitening products and you should still rinse your mouth with the help of a straw.

After brushing your teeth, apply a thin layer of the ointment or lip balm recommended by your artist to keep your lips moisturized.

General Rules of Lip Blush Aftercare

During the lip blush healing process, you should refrain from activities and products that could irritate your lips and interfere with pigment retention. Here are the most important rules to follow regarding lip blush aftercare:

The first and most important lip blush aftercare tip is not touching your lips or picking at scabs that begin to form and peel off over time. This can cause unevenness in color and pose a risk of developing an infection.

Intense exercise or getting your lips soaking wet should be avoided for at least two weeks after lip blushing. The excess moisture and sweat particles leave your skin susceptible to germs that could host a bacterial or fungal infection.

Don’t eat spicy foods or drink hot beverages for at least 48 hours after your treatment. Only drink through a straw and try to prevent food from touching your lips while eating. Stay away from acidic and salty foods, and refrain from alcohol consumption too.

Avoid direct sun exposure, chemical peels, and laser treatments for at least two weeks after lip blushing. Don’t wear lipstick or lipgloss during the healing process as well.

Learn more about lip blush aftercare from our in-depth guide.

To Sum Up

Lip blush is a popular PMU procedure that enhances the natural beauty of your lips by adding color and definition. After getting a lip blush tattoo, it’s important to follow proper aftercare instructions to ensure the best possible results.

Be careful when brushing your teeth, especially in the first 48 hours post-treatment, avoid products that contain whitening agents, and rinse your mouth with the help of a straw to prevent your lips from soaking.

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