Ever since powder brows and microblading took over the beauty industry, it has been an ongoing debate on which one is better. The results seem to be inconclusive because both procedures give excellent results.
We decided to settle the real debate, one which will help many in making the right decision. That is, which one is better when it comes to oily skin.
Without further ado, let’s have a look at powder brows Vs. microblading for oily skin.
Why Your Skin Matters When It Comes to Microblading
When you go to a professional brow artist for microblading, one of the first things they’d try to figure out is your skin type. Universally, there are four types of skin types, normal, dry, oily, and combination. Other factors that are considered are skin sensitivity and pore size.
Why does the skin type matter, you may wonder? It is because skin type is the deciding factor of how fast your skin heals after the microblading procedure. It also decides how long the procedure lasts, and how fast it fades.
Our focus today is on people with oily skin because they are often the ones asking if microblading is suitable for them.
To put things in perspective, we’d first discuss other skin types and how they react to the microblading procedure.
Before we begin, let’s first understand the term t-zone. Imagine writing a T on your face with a sharpie. The upper, horizontal part of the T would be across your forehead, whereas the vertical part of the alphabet would be right down to the center of your face, including your nose and chin.
People with normal skin types have a hydrated t-zone. Their skin is also not acne-prone. After microblading, a normal skin type heals evenly and steadily, and the results last a standard length of time. On average, microblading lasts for up to 18 months on a normal skin type before requiring any touch-ups.
Dry skin type has very small pores, to the point of being invisible. This skin type also gets very flaky if not moisturized enough. People with dry skin feel tightness around their nose and mouth area.
For microblading and most permanent makeup, a dry skin type is ideal. It heals cleanly and fast, and the hair strokes drawn with a microblading device remain prominent. This skin type also does an excellent job of retaining the pigment for the longest amount of time, for more than 18 months on average.
With little to no oil on the skin, the pigment doesn’t dilute or fades as fast as it does with any other skin type.
Combination skin remains hydrated on the t-zone, but drier on the remaining parts of the face. Occasionally, people with combination skin types experience flakiness and dry spots on the cheeks.
Since the eyebrow area is oily in the majority of combination skin types, the healing process might last longer.
People with sensitive skin know exactly what their skin type is, and they often inform their brow artists beforehand. While sensitivity is not a skin type per se, it does affect everything to do with skin and needs to be considered.
People with sensitive skin types experience different types of healing processes. Their skin tends to get red after the procedure and takes some time for it to come down, normally a few weeks. Swelling is another side effect of sensitive skin – something else that is not observed in any other skin type.
In oily skin, the sebaceous glands produce more sebum than in any other skin type. Sebum is the oily, waxy substance that people with oily skin find on their faces all the time. As a result, the clogging makes the skin acne-prone and has large pores.
The best thing about oily skin is that it is often hydrated and supple. Additionally, with some care and the right ingredients, it gives you the much-envied glass skin. It also ages nicely, with little to no premature wrinkles.
When it comes to microblading on oily skin, the results are less than ideal. The strokes will heal much more softly and the ink will get blurred and smudged. This is the reason why microblading isn’t an option for people with oily skin.
Excessive oiliness tends to make the pigment more spread out instead of crisp and clear.
This is where the expertise and credibility of your chosen brow artist shows. An experienced brow artist will immediately recommend against microblading on oily skin and offer you other, more suitable brow options.
How To Determine Your Skin Type
Microblading appointments don’t require you to figure out your skin type, because brow artists do it on the spot.
However, this knowledge will help you predict your healing process, how long the brow procedure will last for you, and what is the best procedure to go for. Pay attention to the aforementioned skin types and observe which one best describes your skin.
There’s no one best skin type and it can’t be changed. The skin type is majorly defined by our genes, however, sometimes the environment brings a few changes.
Powder Ombre Brows – The Perfect Solution for Oily Skin
When all is said and done, people with oily skin can have just the same kind of perfect results, as those with dry skin. How so? The solution is in the powdered brows.
Ombre powder brows are low-maintenance brow procedures that are best suited for those who favor fuller brows, henna, and brow tints – or have oily skin. Unlike microblading, ombre brows last much longer and give crisper results on oily skin.
At Reflective Beauty Boutique, Calgary, AB, we take some extra measures with the aftercare routine for oily skin types. For instance, we ask our clients to skip out on the hydrating aftercare gel for a while, since they don’t need it.
We also have a special lightweight gel for those with oily skin. We direct our clients to blot their brows with a damp cotton bud. This takes away the excess oil and heals the dots placed in ombre brows, more crisply.
When the right awareness and the right brow artist are by your side, no oily skin can prevent you from achieving your brow goals.