Scalp Micropigmentation Aftercare Guide

A simple day by day guide through scalp micropigmentation aftercare.

Scalp Micropigmentation Aftercare Guide - Day by Day

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Scalp micropigmentation is a form of cosmetic tattooing. As such, it implies breaking the surface of the skin over and over again, and the area needs time and special care to close up the micro-wounds. Luckily, the treatment is much less invasive than traditional body tattooing and the recovery is short and simple, but it does entail an aftercare routine you need to follow as closely as possible.

Here’s a day by day guide through the scalp micropigmentation aftercare routine.

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Is Scalp Micropigmentation Aftercare Complicated?


In terms of after care scalp micropigmentation is not too demanding, but you will need to make some minor adjustments to your normal routine.

Since the area will be going through a recovery cycle and it will be sensitive, you will need to clean it in a certain way and with suitable products. You’ll also need to refrain from certain activities so that you allow the pigments to settle into the skin properly and achieve the best possible results.

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Long-Term Scalp Micropigmentation Aftercare

If you want to keep your scalp micropigmentation looking as fresh as possible for as long as possible, there are certain activities and products you should avoid. Of course, SMP is here to make your life better, not restrict it, but you can make some minor adjustments to make the most of your SMP.

Here’s what to avoid as part of long-term SMP after care:

  • UV radiation exposure. Exposing your SMP to sunlight for long stretches of time can cause a chemical reaction that causes the pigments to fade faster. Wear SPF whenever you’re outside (ideally, SPF 50+), or a hat.
  • Chlorinated water. Chlorine can also react with the pigments and cause them to fade or change color.
  • Salt water. Salt is known to accelerate pigment fading a bit, but it won’t cause color shifts.
  • Harsh ingredients, especially acids. They can affect the pigment color and accelerate fading.
  • Antibacterial soap and any product that contains alcohol or sulfates. Alcohol dries out the skin, which can cause flaking. Flaky skin takes away small amounts of pigment and can cause patchy fading. Sulfates strip the skin of its natural oils and dry it out.
  • Aggressive exfoliation. Removing a thick layer of skin cells from its surface can remove small amounts of pigment. Light exfoliation is not forbidden, in fact you should do it from time to time, but don’t rub too hard and don’t use salt-based products (salt fades pigments).

Scalp Micropigmentation Aftercare – Main Takeaways

Scalp micropigmentation aftercare is simple, but it is essential to proper healing and maximum effects of your SMP treatment. It boils down to not touching your scalp, keeping it dry, cleaning it in a certain way, moisturizing if advised, and avoiding sweating and harsh products.



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