My microblading disappeared

Microblading is one of the hottest trends right now, and everyone seems super excited about the procedure. However, some people are not getting the same positive experience. If you have recently had microblading done and it just did not take, know that you are not alone. The row color seems to be fading right before your eyes, and it is just not as bold and crisp as it was right after the procedure. There are some reasons that the microblading may not take and understand the process helps you to identify what is normal and what isn’t.

Reasons why it didn’t work


The color may seem faded during the microblading healing process because your skin only did not accept the pigment after the procedure. The microblading process involves making small incisions into the dermal-epidermal junction in your skin. Pigment or dye is then inserted into these small cuts. Your body naturally heals these cuts, as with any injury and the pigment remains behind trapped in these ‘wells’ or cuts. At least this is what happens in a perfect world when nothing else gets in the way of your perfect brows.

Sometimes the pigment can come out during the healing process, and there are several reasons this can happen.

Losing color after microblading is normal

The healing process will inevitably involve loss of pigment because your body is trying to heal and there is something foreign in the mix. The best case scenario is that 85% of the pigment is retained after the healing process which will last about six weeks after the procedure. There is no need to be alarmed if there is some lightening to the brow color as this is normal. Immediately after the procedure, your new brows will be very dark, so any lighter shade over time causes panic.

As the new skin heals over the incisions, the pigment will fade, and rows can start to look patchy. It is important to remember that the process takes time and involves touch up sessions, so the first fading is nothing to get upset about. Early in the healing phase it can look like a lot of pigment is lost, but towards the end (so long as after-care treatment is correctly followed) it will be clear that you did not lose as much as you thought.

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Cuts Are Not Deep Enough

If after two weeks, you notice the pigment is completely gone, then this is normal. It is entirely possible that your specialist did not go deep enough with the cuts. The artist needs to cut into the dermal-epidermal junction for the pigment to stay deep enough and last. If the wound only reaches the superficial epidermal layer, your body ends up pushing the pigment entirely out as it heals. When the pigment is placed deep enough, the skin heals over it, rather than evicting it.

You can usually tell if your specialist has reached a thick enough layer because you will hear a “tearing” sound in the skin. There is usually some pain, but not a lot due to the area being numbed beforehand. If you start to notice the pigment is in the healing scabs, this is an indicator that it is being pushed out and was not placed deep enough. After two weeks, it will be gone entirely. The unfortunate side to this is that you will have to get the procedure done again, preferably by a different artist.

Microblading Not Lasting Due To Possible Infection

It is also possible that you had an infection which interfered with the healing process. Infections cause the pigment to be pushed out during healing and scarring can result. If you think you may have a disease you need to speak with your specialist/artist right away. If caught right away, you can usually prevent small infections from becoming larger ones, and the healing process will not be impacted.

It is also possible to have allergies or sensitivities to the pigment. When this happens, your body and skin react in the same way as an infection and push the pigment out. The best way to avoid this is to ensure your artist only uses high-quality pigments and dyes and discuss any possible allergies before you get the procedure done. The most common allergy seen is to nickel, so let your artist know if this is something you are sensitive to.

Wrong Color Dye

Microblading looks different on each skin color, but your artist can tell which color dye will work best for your tone. At least that is what should happen. An artist may not select a dark enough dye for your skin type and color. When this happens, the final color ends up looking gray and even though the color did ‘take’ it will not look that way on the surface. Make sure you research the artist before you go and have a detailed discussion with them regarding colors, skin, and pigments used.

Poor After-Care

This is the most important as well as the most common reason for faded brown color. You will be given precise after-care instructions, and if these are not strictly followed, your pigment will fade. There are both dry and wet healing alternatives available, so be sure you discuss both with your artist to determine what you need. Getting the brow is too wet after microblading, or using the wrong ointment and even getting too much sun are all possible reasons for fading.

Most people choose the dry healing option because it avoids some of the tediousness of wet healing and it results in a crisper finish. This does mean that you cannot get the area wet for two weeks; no swimming, no saunas, and extra care taken in the shower. Whichever healing process you choose, the important thing to remember is to follow ALL instructions carefully especially when it comes to what products to avoid.

Possible Interference

As the skin heals, it gets dry and itchy. Scabs form and flakes peel off. During the healing process, it is critical that you do not pick at scabs or flakes. Your interference will impact the results, and not in a right way. Pulling off a scab or flakes can prematurely remove the pigment, and you will be left looking like you never even had the procedure done. If you are prone to picking at scabs, then it might be a better option to use the wet healing process because scabbing is minimal this way.

Oily Skin

Microblading success is obviously going to be impacted by your skin. More oily skin types tend to experience more difficulty with the pigment taking due to the excess oil on the skin. Skin that produces more oil than usual will push the pigment out, so color retention ends up less than desired. It is best to discuss this first with your artist and allow them to examine your skin. If it is too oily, then it may not be worth getting the procedure done. At the same time, they can recommend ways to deal with your oil production that will ensure it does not interfere with the results.

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