First let’s discuss human skin and the important role it plays in permanent makeup.
Did you know that our SKIN is the human body’s largest organ?
Did you know our skin sheds dead skins every single day, even when we are sleeping? Our human body is a natural exfoliator that creates a new layer of skin every 28 days. Gross fact: half of the dust you find in your home is made of human dead skin cells. (Anyone else have that instant urge to power clean?)
Skin color can range from very pale to very dark, depending on how much melanin the body makes. Every human body has the same number of cells but not everyone will produce the same amount of melanin. The more melanin we produce, the darker our skin becomes.
Per square inch of human skin contains 50 million bacteria. If your face is an oily skin type, that number can sky rocket to 500 million!
If there is over production of cells lining the sweat glands, it leads to acne formation.
Now, I could keep going but I think you got the idea that skin is a HUGE organ that plays the biggest role in permanent makeup. You can be the best permanent makeup artist in the world, but if that skin is problematic, the work won’t heal how we envisioned it would.
Let me explain why.
Let’s start with …
Oily & large pore skin type
Oily skin or also called Seborrhea in the skin care world, is caused by an excess of sebum in our skin
When it comes to permanent makeup, the best option for this skin type would be an ombre brow. Now some of you might be reading this and feeling disappointment because you really wanted that natural hair stroke look. The thing is, if we do microblading on an oily-large pore skin type, the hair strokes will never heal crisp. The healed result will end up being more ‘blurry’ strokes, and some strokes just won’t even hold at all due to the excess oil in the skin. Doing a combo or ombre brow will end up having a more natural and all around better result (trust me).
What is acne?
In short form, acne is an inflammatory skin condition that affects our skin oil glands and hair follicles. For those who don’t know too much about acne, acne just isn’t a skin issue that affects pubescent teenagers, it also affects 20% of adults aged 22-44.
Now, how does acne affect permanent makeup?
When having active acne, the excess oil or sebum, makes it nearly impossible to have great healed results with permanent makeup. If you are on any topical creams that thin the skin, or have been on medication, that can also affect the healed results. Even if your body tattoos healed with no issues, the face and excess oil is much different than the body.
When considering doing permanent makeup, the only option for this type of skin would be an Ombre brow (aka shaded brow) this will give more of a ‘makeup’ appearance but due to the skin oily surface, it will never heal ‘too dark’ but touch ups will be more frequently then someone with dry-normal skin.
What is rosacea?
“Rosacea is a chronic and often progressive skin disease that usually affects the face, but can extend down to the neck, chest, and back. Rosacea most commonly starts out with frequent blushing or flushing and can eventually cause your skin to be red all the time. A network of visible blood vessels may appear in the center of your face, starting with your nose, and then extending outward over time. Other symptoms are thickening skin and breakouts — rosacea used to be called acne rosacea because of its pimples, but it is not a form of acne” – Everyday Health
The redness of the skin can cause the pigment to heal more ‘ashy’ or ‘cool’ so the perfect color can’t be guaranteed
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition. It causes cells to build up quickly on your skin’s surface. This leads to raised patches of skin that develop silver scales. Psoriasis causes itchiness and irritation and may be painful. There is no cure for psoriasis, but treatment can ease symptoms.
Psoriasis is not contagious and can’t be spread by touch. Even though it’s very rare to have psoriasis on the face there still is a chance by breaking the skin that it can develop on the brow area. If that happens the area will turn very flakey and most likely resulting in the color being rejected from the skin.
Again, this is highly unlikely, but there is a chance. We can do a ‘patch’ test and see how your skin reacts.
When considering having your eyebrows tattooed, there are many factors that can affect the desired outcome, skin being the largest factor of all. We suggest booking a free consultation, sitting down with a technician and discussing what your best option would be for your skin type. Sometimes what we think we want, won’t always be the best healed result and going a different route will be a much better look to your brows and both you, and the technician will be happier with the healed result.