Scabbing can be part of the normal healing process after you get your brows microbladed. What can freak people out is the fact that when a scab comes off it looks like it takes pigment away with it. This process leaves a “patchy” appearance to the brows. Scabbing is a natural part of the healing process since your skin repairs from being cut. Do not peel or pick it off. Scabbing happens when the skin bleeds more during the process. Less bleeding results in fewer scabs.
What’s Normal and What Isn’t While Healing
Light scabbing is a normal part of the microblading healing process. While light scabbing may be normal, heavy scabbing is NOT. Because the healing process is full of ups and down I’ve created this post about scabbing to help you along the journey.
Microblading healing days 1 through 14. You can see that scabbing starts occurring around day 5 and persists through day 10. By day 9 that most of the scabs have fallen off revealing a lighter brow and color. By day 12 you can see that the brows have lightened and softened up considerably, but they are no longer patchy. You can also see that the pigment has retained (about 85%).
This is the normal microblading and scabbing healing process. It is okay as long as the scabs come off NATURALLY and on their own. While the scabbing process is normal, your scabs may take some of your pigment with them as they fall off. This is the main reason that you shouldn’t pick your scabs. Picking your scabs may result in a loss of pigment that may need to be re-applied. If you have a tendency to “pick” scabs or wounds, then you need to disclose this information to your stylist because they may change your healing process.
Tattoo scabbing depends on two things: placement and depth. The depth of the tattoo needle also affects the scabbing. In general, the deeper the needle goes, the more trauma to the skin. The more trauma to the skin, the more scabbing you will have. That’s why some tattoos scab only in some places while others scab all over yet others don’t scab at all. Scabbing is a natural part of the healing process since your skin repairs from being cut. Do not peel or pick it off. Scabbing happens when the skin bleeds more during the process. Less bleeding results in fewer scabs.