Why You Can’t Drink Coffee Before Microblading & PMU

By PMUHub Editorial Team| Last updated on February 27, 2024
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⏱️ 5 min read

Every successful microblading procedure starts with proper preparation and ends with the appropriate aftercare. On that note, the aspect that often raises questions is the consumption of caffeinated beverages before and after PMU.

In this blog post, we answer the most commonly asked questions about drinking coffee before microblading and discuss its effects on the procedure. Plus, we will provide insights on coffee consumption after microblading and the right time for reintroducing it into your daily routine. Let’s begin!

Can I Drink Coffee Before Microblading?

The short answer is no.

It is generally advised to abstain from consuming coffee and other caffeinated beverages (like Coke, energy drinks, or different kinds of tea) before undergoing microblading, or any kind of PMU procedure to be exact.

Coffee is a known stimulant due to its high caffeine content, which can have several effects on the body that lead to a less successful microblading session. We will discuss this in more detail below.

Can I Drink Decaf Coffee Before Microblading?

Since drinking coffee before microblading isn’t recommended, many people opt for decaf instead, thinking it won’t cause any complications. However, decaffeinated coffee still contains traces of caffeine, although significantly less compared to regular coffee.

While the impact of decaf on microblading may be less pronounced, it is still advisable to skip it. Even small amounts of caffeine can affect the skin’s sensitivity and blood vessels, potentially leading to similar issues during treatment.

Learn more about the dos and don’ts before microblading and eyebrow treatments here.

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What About Machine Brow Treatments?

Machine brow treatments differ from microblading mainly in technique, or the way cosmetic pigments are implemented into the skin.

The most popular machine brow treatments at the moment are ombre powder brows and nano brows, and both are done with an electric PMU device – in contrast to microblading which is performed with a manual blade.

However, the techniques used don’t really make a difference when it comes to coffee consumption before treatment. The same rules apply to all brow procedures, meaning, you shouldn’t consume coffee (regular or decaf) or any kind of caffeinated beverage for at least 24 hours before the treatment.

Caffeine will increase bleeding during pigment implementation when tattooing or manual blading, and will affect pigment retention. Furthermore, it’s important to be relaxed and as still as possible when getting an eyebrow tattoo, and coffee can contribute to anxiety or restlessness during the tattooing process.

Bleeding due to drinking coffee before microbladingImage source: Instagram @inkbeauty_sheng

How Does Caffeine Affect Microblading?

Microblading is a procedure that requires opening up or breaking the skin, for the purpose of implementing cosmetic pigments to draw the desired shape of the eyebrows.

Let’s see how coffee consumption before microblading can affect healing and the procedure itself:

Increased Skin Sensitivity

Microblading, like many other PMU procedures, isn’t completely pain-free. Sure it depends on each individual’s skin sensitivity and pain tolerance, but getting a feeling of discomfort during the procedure pretty much comes as a given.

Caffeine can affect the skin in a way that makes it more reactive. This can lead to a reduced pain threshold which for some people may already be low, making the microblading procedure more painful than it normally is.

Increased skin sensitivity can also result in more bleeding, which can impact pigment retention and the healing process afterward.

Excessive Bleeding During Treatment

When you drink coffee before microblading, you can expect your blood vessels to expand, which can lead to increased blood flow to the skin.

This can be quite problematic as it can cause excessive bleeding during the microblading procedure and make it challenging for the PMU artist to evenly deposit pigment. Not only that, but it can create quite a messy environment and lower the visibility of the treated area, resulting in poor-quality work.

Bleeding during microblading caused by caffeine or alcoholImage source: Instagram @bb.guru

Slow Healing Rate

Coffee and caffeine can have a negative effect on the regenerative properties of the skin. This means that the microblading treatment may cause more trauma to the skin than it regularly would and healing may not be as quick or as effective as it normally would.

A slow healing rate means that the incisions made during the microblading procedure remain open for a longer period of time, increasing the individual’s chances of developing an infection. Plus, it’s crucial for the incisions to close and scab properly to ensure the best possible outcome.

I Drank Coffee Before Microblading – Now What?

If you accidentally consumed coffee before your microblading appointment or just weren’t aware of the risks, it is essential to inform your microblading artist beforehand.

They will assess the situation and make a professional judgment on whether the procedure can proceed as planned. In most cases, they will decide to reschedule the appointment to ensure optimal conditions for a successful outcome.

bleeding due to coffee before microbladingImage source: Instagram @morelovepatience via @klerrosenberg

Can I Drink Coffee After Microblading?

After getting your eyebrows microbladed, it is generally recommended to avoid consuming coffee and caffeinated drinks right after the treatment and during the initial healing period.

The first few days after microblading are critical for the pigment to settle in properly, and any unnecessary disturbances should be avoided. Coffee can still have adverse effects on the healing process and may interfere with the final outcome.

When Can I Drink Coffee After Microblading?

The exact timing for reintroducing coffee into your routine will depend on the individual healing process and the specific aftercare instructions provided by your microblading artist.

In general, it is best to wait until the scabs have naturally fallen off, which takes about 7 days on average. It is essential to follow the microblading aftercare guidelines provided to you by your artist to ensure the best possible healed results.

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To Sum Up

Not drinking coffee before microblading is a decision that each individual should make on their own, knowing the risks and complications it can lead to.

By refraining from coffee consumption, you are helping your artist and optimizing the conditions for a successful microblading procedure. Plus you’re ensuring proper healing and long-lasting results – talking about a win-win situation!

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