Will eyebrow dandruff prevent you from getting microblading?
What’s worse than regular dandruff? Eyebrow dandruff, that’s what.
Yep, turns out not even our arches are safe from turning into a mini snowstorm. Worst of all is there’s no instant solution to dandruff problems. No amount of concealer or eyebrow pencil will get your brows in immediate tip-top shape.
So, what is eyebrow dandruff? What are its causes? And can you still get eyebrow microblading despite those pesky flakes? Here are the answers to these questions—and more.
What is eyebrow dandruff?
Eyebrow dandruff is the same as regular dandruff. Dry, itchy, flaky eyebrows suffer from similar conditions as scalps with dandruff.
“Skin cells on our scalp (just like the rest of our body) are constantly being replaced and shed,” explained trichologist Anabel Kingsley to Glamour Magazine UK.
“This is part of normal cell turnover and usually isn’t noticeable. However, it can become apparent if skin cells begin to divide too rapidly–and this is what occurs with dandruff,” she added.
More than 50% of humans are prone to flaking. Early signs include dryness, redness, and itching in the area. These often manifest before the actual flaking begins.
But is dandruff harmless? Not really, no. An unhealthy scalp and eyebrow can produce unhealthy hair, warned Dr. Rolanda Wilkerson, Principal Scientist at Head & Shoulders.
In fact, flaky scalps have been shown to cause hair loss—bad news for both the hair on our head and on our arches.
Why do we get dandruff?
According to dermatologist Ilyse Lefkowicz, MD, there are several possible causes for eyebrow dandruff:
“The presence of Malassezia globose [a fungus] on the skin, a genetic predisposition to dandruff, or the presence of sebum” can all be reasons behind dandruff.
For scalp dandruff, the most common reason is an overgrowth of a naturally occurring yeast, called Malassezia furfur.
Sweat and sebum usually protect the scalp and keep yeast levels in check. However, shifts in metabolism, hormonal changes, and stress can all disrupt the production of sweat and sebum.
Diet can also play a role in flake production. Full-fat dairy products, white wine, and champagne all contribute to the body’s dandruff production.
How to get rid of dandruff
The best way to attack dandruff is to do it consistently. Daily use of soothing, antimicrobial shampoos can relieve the scalp and the eyebrows of dandruff.
Dr. Lefkowicz also suggests avoiding contact with the following:
- Glycolic acid
- Benzoyl peroxide
- Acne treatments
- Anti-aging creams
Experts say that one of the most effective ingredients against dandruff is ‘piroctone olamine’, an antifungal agent that targets Malassezia furfur.
Camphor is also a helpful ingredient in that is soothes the skin, assisting in the recovery of the scalp and brows.
Keeping dandruff away
Stress can trigger dandruff, so it’s best to always keep stress levels in check.
We also recommend checking with a doctor to help you determine if any part of your diet is causing your dandruff.
Dermatologists also recommend using a mild shampoo daily to keep the scalp free of any harmful chemicals or foreign materials.
The same principles apply to eyebrows: keep them clean, but don’t dry them out. And, when in doubt, consult a dermatologist.
Eyebrow microblading for flaky eyebrows
When it comes to microblading, healthy eyebrows are essential. For the microblading ink to take hold, the skin must be able to absorb the ink.
Flaky brows may also be too stressed to survive a microblading session. While microblading may be painless, it still subjects the skin to a level of stress that could only be more damaging to skin that’s already damaged in the first place.
This is how the microblading process works:
- On the day of your appointment, you fill in and sign off on the required forms before the session begins.
- At the start of the session, you and your microblading artist decide on an eyebrow design that flatters your features.
- The microblading artist outlines your eyebrow design on your brows and lets you see how the finished product will look like.
- The microblading artist applies the numbing gel.
- The actual microblading process begins. Your artist uses OPM’s Digital Microblading Machine to apply the ink pigment.
- Your microblading artist applies more numbing gel during the procedure to make sure you feel no pain.
- Once both brows are finished, your artist gives you aftercare and maintenance instructions.
Here’s a video that shows an actual microblading procedure:
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