Microblading Aftercare: Day by Day Routine

By PMUHub Editorial Team| Last updated on April 22, 2024

Microblading aftercare is key to the success of your treatment. Learn how to maintain the perfect routine to stay safe and healthy, and achieve beautiful healed results.

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The microblading healing process lasts 4–6 weeks, but the aftercare takes only a portion of that time. It starts right after the procedure and lasts 7–14 days. The most sensitive periods are the first couple of hours post-procedure and the scabbing stage. After that, you can relax a bit.

As always, prep is key to success. Get ready with PMUHub’s microblading aftercare day-by-day guide, with pro tips and handy tips.

Quick Info

DAY 1: Blot the lymph off your brows with a cotton pad and a drop of sterile water. Repeat this 2-3 times. Avoid sweating & excessive water exposure.

DAYS 2–4: To avoid lymph build-up, clean your brows with a damp cotton pad 2–4 times a day. If advised, use antibacterial soap & follow up with a thin layer of an ointment.

DAYS 5–10: Carry on with your regular microblading aftercare routine. Wash gently, dry, and moisturize if advised.

DAYS 10–14: If your brows are done peeling, stop applying the ointment. On the 14th day, you can go back to your everyday routine.

AFTERCARE MUST-HAVES: Cotton pads, Q-tips, gentle cleanser, ointment.

Click on the day stamps & topics for more info, or scroll down for the full guide.

Facts & Timeline

There are 2 versions of microblading aftercare — dry & wet healing aftercare.

  • Dry means washing and drying your brows gently, but the aftercare ointment is excluded.
  • Wet implies washing and drying, and then applying the aftercare ointment.

PMUHub Explains

Most microblading artists nowadays recommend the wet healing aftercare routine explaining that the ointment acts as a barrier against contamination, has a beneficial effect on the cells and helps the skin regenerate faster.

This opinion is backed up by the results of Dr. Hiroko Otake’s study of the effects of oil-based and emulsion-based ointments on wound healing.

Depending on your skin type and condition, your artist will recommend the best aftercare option at the consults. You should follow their instructions as closely as possible. Here’s what the aftercare schedule looks like, day by day:

Day 1

On the first day after your microblading treatment, your eyebrows are very sensitive and swollen. They are essentially a collection of open wounds on your skin.

So, refrain from touching or picking at them and keep the treated area clean and free from any contaminants. A few hours after the treatment, blot the lymph off of your brows with a cotton pad and just a drop of sterile water. Repeat this 2-3 times.

There is no downtime and you can return to your day immediately, but avoid sweating as much as possible, swimming, and showering, as this can ruin your results. By prioritizing gentle care on the first day, you set the foundation for beautifully healed microbladed eyebrows.

One of PMUHub’s Web Designers, Lucy, has had her brows microbladed recently. She shared her experience in PMUHub’s Microblading Diary. Here’s what Lucy’s aftercare routine looked like on day one of the healing process:

Aftercare for immediately after the procedure is very simple – I just need to put a drop of warm water on a cotton pad and wipe my brows gently to remove the excess lymph that appears a couple of times a day.

Days 2–4

As your brows continue to heal, it’s important to maintain a delicate routine. Clean your brows with some sterile water on a cotton pad or use antibacterial soap (follow your artist’s instructions).

Repeat this 2–4 times a day to avoid the build-up of lymph in the area. After cleaning your brows, apply a thin layer of an ointment if advised. Don’t use too much ointment — your brows need to breathe.

As Dr. Chandan K. Sen, a world-renowned regenerative medicine expert, explains in his study, wound oxygenation is one of the key factors for a successful healing process.

Lucy’s mastered the moisturizing technique like a pro, so here’s her advice:

I never apply a new layer of an ointment before cleaning the brows first. Also, my artist told me to use the side of the cotton swab to apply the ointment, not to scratch the brow with its tip. It’s also important to go back and forth over the brow, so that the ointment gets absorbed properly.

Days 5–10

As you progress to days 5–10, your eyebrows may start to experience itching, mild flaking or scabbing. Resist the urge to scratch and let the scabs fall off naturally. If you touch them, you risk ripping out the pigment and ruining your results.

Carry on with your regular microblading aftercare routine. Wash gently, dry, and moisturize if advised. The ointment can relieve itchiness and irritation, stopping you from touching (and potentially messing up) your brows. If you notice anything unusual, like heavy scabbing or irritation, contact your artist.

Here’s what you may expect your brows to look like during the scabbing stage:

Days 10–14

As you approach the end of the microblading aftercare journey, all residual scabbing or dryness should subside. Also, the true color and shape of your brows should be resurfacing after the flakes and scabs have fallen off. T

his means that the wound-recovery phase is over, and the pigment-settling phase has begun. If your brows are done peeling, you don’t need to apply the ointment any longer.

On the 14th day, you can go back to your everyday routine. You can wash your face normally and even apply some makeup if you have to.

Here you can see what Lucy’s brows looked like on the 14th day of aftercare:

The Aftercare Must-Haves

After the treatment, most artists will prescribe the right aftercare products and pack a little kit for you to take home. This means that as far as the post-treatment routine is concerned, you are fully covered.

However, if you’d like to hear what PMUHub recommends for the ultimate microblading aftercare, here are our top picks:

The Microblading Aftercare Bible

The basic aftercare rules are very strict, but you’ll need to endure them for optimal results. Bear in mind that your brows are healing, so treat them like any other wound. Here are the 10 commandments of microblading aftercare:

  1. Wash the treated area with sterile water/antibacterial soap.
  2. Never rub your brows. Pat gently.
  3. Only use the products prescribed by your artist.
  4. Apply your ointment in a thin layer to let your skin breathe.
  5. Don’t pick at the scabs.
  6. Don’t sleep on your face. Use a clean pillowcase, ideally a silk one.
  7. Avoid retinol, acids, anything with fragrance, chemical peels, exfoliators.
  8. Avoid makeup for at least 10-14 days.
  9. Avoid sweating, saunas, swimming, and long showers.
  10. Avoid sun exposure and tanning.

PMUHub’s Tip

Microblading is a 2-step process, meaning you’ll have to come back in for a touch-up. So, plan your microblading appointment in advance. If you have an important event or holiday coming, make sure you book your procedure at least 2 months before your arrangements.

Extra Q&A

When Can I Wash My Eyebrows After Microblading?

Right after the one-day mark. During days 2–10, you can gently wash your brows with sterile water or antibacterial soap. Don’t rub, just pat. Follow up with an ointment your artist prescribed.

What If I Mess Up My Brows?

If you follow the aftercare rules, there is no way you can ruin your brows. However, if you scratch or rub the tattoo by accident, you might rip some pigment out. In that case, consult with your artist. The damage should be fixed at the first, mandatory touch-up.

How Do I Know If My Brows Are Infected?

Microblading infection is not very likely to happen, especially if your artist works in sterile conditions and you are extra careful with the aftercare. However, if you notice the symptoms of inflammation, ask your artist or a dermatologist for help. You might need antibiotics.

These are the most common signs of microblading infection:

  • Swelling, extreme redness, and tenderness after day 3
  • Green, yellow or brownish, usually thick discharge
  • Odor coming from the brow area
  • Swelling that spreads to the eyelids and other areas
  • Thick raised scabs, crusty texture

What If My Microblading Starts Fading Too Soon?

You followed the aftercare religiously and this happens? It might be your artist’s fault. The incisions were probably too shallow and the pigment wasn’t retained. Book another appointment, or schedule consultations with another artist.

PMUHub’s Tip

At the initial consults, warn your artist about your skin conditions. If you have oily skin, your eyebrows will probably fade faster and you’ll need touch-ups more frequently.

Also, make sure to reveal your medical history. For instance, if you are anemic, the artist needs to know this so they can pick the right pigment. It’s better to mention everything than to hide something and risk the success of your treatment.

How Do I Maintain My Microblading?

Wear SPF regularly, avoid harsh cosmetics, and schedule regular touch-ups. Your skin type and lifestyle will dictate the frequency of touch-up sessions. Don’t wait too long. If your microblading fades away, you will have to do the whole treatment all over again.

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Further Reading & Resources

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WHY TRUST THIS GUIDE

This guide is a result of 5+ years of studying and researching the permanent makeup industry. The information comes from reliable sources: a number of microblading artists, and a wide variety of medical references, including an in-depth review of the scientific study by Dr. Chandan K. Sen and Dr. Hiroko Otake.

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