A lot of people wonder about whether you can get facials after microblading, but the answer is far from simple – each facial treatment brings with it different tools, techniques, and products, so each of them deserves its own answer.
And we’re here to cover them all!
In this article, you’ll find exactly which treatment you should do and which one you should avoid, along with some additional info, such as how long you’ll have to wait before getting it.
At the end, we’ll also briefly go through some common skincare ingredients and whether (and when) they’re okay to use post-microblading.
So, let’s get started!
Do: Hydrating Facials After Microblading
As you probably already know, keeping your brows moisturized after microblading is one of the most important steps in making sure that they heal properly. So, getting a facial with a hydrating serum won’t do any harm.
But you should wait at least a few days before getting a treatment. Ideally at least 7-10.
Most salons use hyaluronic acid serums paired with other moisturizing ingredients, which are generally good for your skin after microblading.
Still, you should let your provider know that you had microblading done recently, just to be on the safe side.
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Do: Hygienic & Cleansing Treatments After Microblading
In essence, it’s perfectly okay to get a cleansing facial after microblading. However, most salons include exfoliation as a part of this treatment, which is a huge no-no while your brows are still sensitive.
So, if you want a cleansing facial you should either:
- Ask your aesthetician to skip the brow region when they’re exfoliating, or
- Ask your aesthetician to skip exfoliation altogether.
Option B is significantly safer, so that’s what we’d recommend. This is true for all the different kinds of exfoliants they may use, and again, let them know your brows are fresh when you go in.
Do: LED Light Therapy After Microblading
Any kind of LED light therapy is safe to do after microblading and you don’t need to worry about it fading the color.
The LED lights can also be effective in helping the healing process, and some salons even offer it as a part of the microblading package, since it can help reduce swelling, as well as ease the pain.
So, LEDs are safe even immediately after the microblading treatment and can contribute to a faster and more comfortable recovery.
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Do (with Caution): Hydro Dermabrasion After Microblading
The device that is used to do a hydro dermabrasion treatment is super easy to control, meaning that there’s a lot of room for precision. So, you can get the treatment but ask the aesthetician to avoid the brow area.
Keep in mind that the area around the brow itself may also be a little tender, especially if you’re getting the facial in the days just after the microblading treatment.
It’s best to avoid the area up to half of your forehead and the upper eyelids, just to be extra safe.
Do: Microcurrent After Microblading
When it comes to microcurrent facials, the story is exactly the same as with hydro dermabrasion. The treatment involves a handheld device that can be used with precision so that you can work around your brows.
Since this is also popular as an at-home treatment, many people use it daily – and there’s no reason to deviate from your usual microcurrent routine – as long as you keep the electrical current away from your fresh brows for at least 2 weeks.
Don’t: Chemical Peel After Microblading
Any kind of chemical peel is most likely going to harm the pigments in your freshly microbladed brows. For that reason, it’s best to avoid them completely for at least 6 weeks after the treatment – this is how long it takes for the skin to fully recover after microblading.
You already know that the microblading healing process looks different for everyone, so these 6 weeks we mentioned might not be enough in some cases. It’s important to make sure that they’re fully healed before even thinking of doing a peel.
And even after that, know that chemical exfoliation in the brow area can cause the pigment to fade and flake off prematurely, no matter how long it’s been since your microblading appointment.
Don’t: Physical Exfoliants After Microblading
Physical exfoliants are similar to chemical ones in the sense that you’re risking the same things – pigment fading and damage to the already sensitive skin under the brow.
The additional problem with physical exfoliants is that they’re harder to control, especially if you’re using gels or other products with exfoliating beads.
If you simply can’t not exfoliate your face for these 2 weeks, we suggest using an exfoliating glove or cloth, so that you have a little more precision. Still, you should be very careful, and avoid a wider area around the brows – right after microblading, but also in the future.
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Don’t: Microdermabrasion After Microblading
Microdermabrasion is similar to hydro dermabrasion (as you can tell from the name), but the difference is that microdermabrasion involves the use of a more aggressive tool.
As is the case with a chemical peel, these ingredients can not only mess with the pigments but with the skin as well, making for an overall uncomfortable experience.
The device will still allow for more precision and can be worked around the brow area, but we recommend staying on the safe side, and postponing your microdermabrasion until your brows are fully healed, which is usually around 4-6 weeks.
Don’t: Microneedling After Microblading
Just like harsh products can damage the pigments and your skin, so can a harsh tool – like the one used for microneedling. This is true for the derma roller as well, especially since they usually come with a wider end and are generally more difficult to control.
Like with many of the treatments we talked about here, if you just have to get microneedling done during your brows’ healing phase, you can, but if you or your aesthetician approach it with lots of care and do your best to avoid the brow area.
But again, it’s best to wait until the brows are fully healed.
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General Skincare After Microblading
When it comes to regular skincare products, ask your brow artist for recommendations on what won’t harm your freshly bladed brows.
They’ll prescribe an aftercare ointment to use during healing, but they can also point you in the direction of what’s safe to use around your brows in the future.
In general, it’s best to avoid aggressive products like retinol, acids, or anything with fragrance in it.
What you can and should use are lightweight hydrating products, such as plant oils. And, of course, don’t forget your SPF since sun damage is a real danger to microbladed brows – get one designed for tattoos to use around the brow area.
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