Semi-permanent Makeup: The Healing Process


Before you decide to book a semi-permanent makeup treatment, it’s important to make sure that you fully understand the healing processWhile the application of semi-permanent makeup is a very safe and popular beauty enhancement, it’s important to remember that your skin will react to the treatment, especially in the days following the application.

 What to expect in the first week following your semi-permanent makeup treatment

To assist clients who have just undergone a semi-permanent makeup treatment, as well as to educate those considering a treatment, below you’ll find a number of common side-effects clients are likely to experience as their semipermanent makeup heals.

Tingling or itchiness

In the hours immediately following your treatment, you may feel slight tingling, itchiness or tenderness in the area that the semi-permanent makeup has been applied to. This should not be overly painful or irritating but it may last a few days  

 Enhanced colour pigmentation

In the days following your treatment the pigment applied to your skin will appear up to 50% darker than when they settle in. This colour pigmentation can give a very dramatic initial effect which causes some clients to worry. Please do not be concerned – this is completely normal. Over the days that follow your treatment, colour pigmentation will settle and your results will become more subtle 

 Many clients will also experience some patchiness and lighter areas within the area that the makeup has been applied. Again, this is completely normal as different areas of your skin will heal at different rates. 

 Flaking and scabbing

The next thing to expect while your skin heals following your semi-permanent makeup treatment is the possibility of flaking and/or scabbing. Not all clients experience this side effect but many do and it’s nothing to be concerned about. It’s very important that you don’t pick, scratch or remove these flakes and scabs. While we know it’s tempting to see the results underneath the skin, it could lead to patchy results which require more touching up. 

 Any flakes or scabs that form on your skin following your semi-permanent treatment should be left to form and fall naturally. You should also be offered a follow- up appointment by your technician – this is specifically designed to touch up your application and ensure that your results are picture perfect.

 Semi-permanent makeup aftercare tips

While the above side effects are all completely normal, we recommend 5 key aftercare tips which will help your results to heal quickly, evenly and with minimal discomfort. 

1. Don’t itch or scratch

This is our most crucial aftercare tip. Scratching and itching the treatment area will only delay the healing process and put your skin at risk of infection. In some cases, scratching could also leave you with patchy results that require additional follow-up applications.

2. Moisturise

While over moisturising isn’t a good idea, it’s helpful to keep your skin hydrated. Your semi-permanent makeup technician can recommend a moisturising balm and applying this at least 3 times a day with a clean cotton ball will help to keep the area moisturised.

3. Use gentle face wash

Using a gentle face wash or cleanser will help to keep the area around your semi-permanent makeup treatment clean and sterile in the days following the application but do not get the treated area wet.

4. Don’t apply makeup

While we know it’s tempting, it really is important that you don’t apply makeup to the treatment area in the week following your application. It could cause a delay to healing and in some cases, a skin infection.

5. Keep the area dry

If your treatment area gets wet in the days following your semi-permanent make-up application, pat it dry with a clean cotton bud or tissue. Be sure to wash your hands first so that no dirt, dust or germs get into the healing area. 

We hope this post has helped you to understand how your semi-permanent makeup treatment will heal. If you have any unanswered questions, please head over to our FAQ page.

 Alternatively, if you’d like to book in for a treatment or free consultation please visit the contact page to get in touch today. We operate from clinics in and around the Buckinghamshire area including Milton Keynes and Toddington.

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