Microblading Eyebrows

Microblading Fading: When and How to Do It?

When microblading works out, it’s really a gift that keeps on giving. If your treatment goes right and you’re thrilled with your fabulous new brows that you don’t have to reapply every day, you’ll be able to enjoy them for up to two years. 

However, there’s always a chance you won’t be completely satisfied with the results. Even if you do all the prep right – research the artist you’ve chosen, talk to them extensively and honestly about what you want – you might still end up with brows you don’t like for whatever reason.

Should this happen, don’t panic. Microblading eyebrows might be called (semi) permanent makeup, but there are ways to diminish or completely remove the results. Here is all you need to know about microblading fading.

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Does Microblading Fade?

Yes, as the body breaks down the pigments the results of microblading should naturally fade within two years if you don’t get them touched up. But if you want to achieve microblading fading faster than that for any reason, there are ways. 

However, there have been rare cases where the marks won’t fade even after several years. In that case, you might have to consider a removal.

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Why Would Someone Want to Fade Microblading Faster?

There could be many reasons someone might want to fade their brows:

  • In the period right after the treatment, the brows are significantly darker than the expected result. This is because the pigments need a little while, about two weeks, to settle into the skin. They will gradually fade into the desired shade. But some clients aren’t willing to wait and choose to speed up the process instead.
  • Some people aren’t happy with the shape or shade they ended up with initially, while there have been cases of pigments turning either orange or blue/gray within 6 months. This is usually due to poor execution, low quality pigment, or neglect of aftercare. In this case, waiting for the pigment to fade naturally isn’t an option.
  • Some people simply get bored of microblading quicker than they’d expected. 

PMUHub tip: Think before you start fading your brows, esepcially within a month of the treatment, as this is not the final result just yet, so you don’t regret it later. You might just need a little bit of time to get used to your microbladed brows.

How to Fade Microblading at Home?

There are several answers to the question of how to fade your microbladed eyebrows at home.

Tip #1 

The easiest way to do so is to simply ignore the aftercare instructions. The first thing your technician will tell you is to keep your brows dry for 12-24 hours after the procedure. In the following week, you’re not supposed to touch your brows, apply makeup, avoid sunlight at all costs, and try to keep sweating to a minimum.

If you immediately decide you want to fade your brows, just sabotage the aftercare and ignore the instructions. It goes without saying, skip your touch up appointment after 6 weeks.

Tip #2 

Excessive sweating can speed up the fading, so you should visit the gym and the sauna as often as possible. Sweat will litteraly push the pigment out, but you have to be persistent. 15 minutes of sauna, especailly FAR IR sauna, will get your body into a deep sweat. If you live by the ocean, perfect! Saltwater will also fade the pigment.

Tip #3

If you’re through with the healing process, you can try gentle exfoliation, but not until your skin has healed and all the scabs fall off. You can also clean your brow area once or twice a day with a gentle cleanser that features salicylic acid. 

Use Retinol to Fade Microblading

There is one chemical often found in skincare products that speeds up fading significantly – retinol. Retinol is a type of vitamin A that is added to skincare products. It’s benefits include a boost in collagen production, which is the number one ally of anti-ageing.

However, it’s biggest downside is the fact it dries up the skin and makes it flaky, which is desirable if you’re fading your microblading. The quicker the process of new skin cells replacing old skin cells, the quicker the fade. Daily use of retinol cuts the length of this process in half.

How to Professionally Fade Microblading?

There are several treatments you can get at the beautician’s that will lead to fading of the pigment.

  • Most facials will contribute to fading to a certain extent, but microdermoabrasion is the most effective one. It is one of the most aggressive exfoliating treatments available and it’s a foolproof way to lighten microbladed eyebrows. It does take several session, though, and this can get pricey, but after about two months, the results should be so light they’re almost invisible.
  • Altrnatively, a treatment is available that uses saline solution to fade microblading. Remember the ocean? The professional injects, basically tattoos, a saline solution into the skin on top of the pigments. This dissolves and erases the pigments, but it is relatively aggressive and will leave the skin red for a while. In some cases, up to 4-6 weeks.

NOTE: Generally, it’s advisable to try fading first. If you’re not satisfied with the results, there are several options to completely remove microblading. If you’re considering undergoing a microblading removal, do your research. 

Our ultimate guide is a good place to start – Microblading removal guide.


Microblading fading is a way to reverse the results of microblading if you’re not satisfied with how they turned out. It’s advisable to think about this decision thoroughly and give yourself some time to try and get used to them, as well as wait for the pigment to settle into the desired shade. However, if you’re not happy with the shape immediately after the treatment, you can ignore the aftercare instructions, which will significantly diminish the results.

If some time has passed after your treatment and you find your microblading turned red, orange or gray/bluish, there are ways you can fade them after a year or two. In case 2-3 years passed and body has absorbed most of the pigment, yet there’s still a shadow left, you can try these methods and they might work even after 5 years.

Alternatively, you can get them faded professionally with saline solution, but this means going through another round of microneedling.

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