Quick Guide to Permanent Makeup Aftercare

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Permanent makeup takes some time and effort to heal properly. Committing to proper aftercare will prevent complications in the long term. 

Immediately following the procedure, gently blot the area to remove any fluids. It’s important to remove fluids to keep them from hardening and keep the area clean. 

After the procedure, keep the area clean and moisturized for a successful healing journey. 


You’ll want to keep the skin clean and free of any products, bacteria, and dead skin. 

For the first few days, gently wash the area morning and night with water only and pat dry. Then, you may add a gentle, unscented cleanser. After 7 to 10 days, you can wash the area normally. 

Be sure to always rinse all the soap away completely and gently pat the area dry. 


Keep the area hydrated to promote healing. After you pat the area dry, and it’s completely dry, apply a very small amount of ointment to the area with a cotton ball or cotton pad. Applying the product with a cotton ball or pad reduces the risk of infection and helps you be more gentle in your application. 

Ask your permanent makeup artist what product will be best for your skin for the services that you had done. Be sure not to use too much product; it should be a thin enough layer that you can’t see it on the skin.

Avoid Touching

Try your very best not to touch the area. Avoid itching, rubbing, or picking it. This can cause issues with healing and lead to scarring and loss of color.  

Do not use any exfoliants on or near the area for at least 7- 10 days. And no facials, chemical exfoliants, or Botox for at least a month. 


The surroundings and environment around you can greatly affect the healing process of your permanent makeup. Here are a few things to avoid until you have healed:

  • Avoid harsh or direct sunlight- you can and should apply a small amount of sunscreen when out in the sun.
  • Avoid swimming- do your wash and moisture routine as soon as possible if you must swim.
  • Avoid long, hot showers- for the first week.
  • Avoid sweating- for the first week.
  • Avoid makeup

Also, change your pillowcase more frequently during the healing process. You want to expose the treated area to clean surfaces and items only. 

Aftercare Importance 

Improper aftercare can lead to infection and compromise the appearance of permanent makeup. Keep the area clean, hydrated, and you’ll be in the clear. 

It’s crucial to follow the steps of recommended aftercare to protect your investment and ensure your permanent makeup looks and feels great.  

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