Microblading Sanitation And Sterilization
08
May

A Quick Rundown Of Microblading Sanitation And Sterilization Guidelines

If you’ve ever put off getting your eyebrows microbladed because of safety concerns, then we officially love you. We believe everyone should be concerned about microblading sanitation and sterilization. After all, we’re not talking about a three-hour brow look here; we’re talking semi-permanent!

In any case, you can put a pause on your fretting, because in this article, we’re discussing everything you need to know about microblading safety, sanitation, and sterilization. Read up!

What health standards do you follow?

Microblading salons need to follow the health standards provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

OSHA sets the safety standards for workers, while CDC looks out for diseases and cures. Both are essential to the microblading industry, as microblading artists work with needles, blood, skin, and hair.

What are some general rules all microblading artists should follow?

OSHA mandates microblading artists to be gloved, gowned, goggled, and masked. This practice ensures the safety of both artist and client.

Other guidelines for microblading artists are as follows:

  • Wash hands before and after touching each client, even if you weren’t wearing gloves. Always use antiseptic hand cleaners when washing.

  • Keep gloves on when coming in contact with non-intact skin, blood, and other bodily substances.

  • Change gloves after each client.

  • Wear lab coats or scrubs, masks, and eye shields when in contact with a client.

  • Do not perform the following activities in working areas:

  • Eating

  • Drinking

  • Smoking

  • Putting on makeup

  • Handling contact lenses

What kind of gloves should my artist be using?

IMPORTANT: If you are allergic or sensitive to latex or powder, let your microblading artist know ASAP!

Ideally, your artist would know if you have a latex allergy way before the start of the procedure. Regardless of if they ask you or not, make sure your artist is aware of your allergy. Also, observe for these signs following your microblading procedure:

  • Allergic rhinoconjunctivitis

  • Asthma

  • Eczema

  • Hand perspiration

  • Hives

  • Itchiness

  • Redness

  • Shortness of breath

  • Open lesions two days after contact

  • Wheezing

If you suspect that you are exhibiting any of these, contact a doctor immediately.

Your microblading salon should have other kinds of gloves readily available, such as nitrile or vinyl gloves.

What are the signs that a microblading facility follows proper sanitation rules?

Apart from a begloved, begowned, begoggled, and bemasked artist, here are other cues your microblading clinic can be trusted:

  • Hazardous waste is separated from non-hazardous waste. Hazardous waste containers have the proper labels.

  • Sharp objects like needles are in puncture-proof and disposable containers.

  • All spills or any kind of mess are immediately cleaned up.

What should the microblading procedure be like?

As the microblading procedure begins, the following should be observed:

  • All tools and equipment are sanitized, as well as the treatment area

  • All necessary tools and equipment is present in the area before the procedure begins

  • Needles, tips, tubes, and other tools should be opened in front of the client

  • Artist should be wearing gloves and a face mask

After the procedure, the following should be observed:

  • All pigments, cotton swabs, and other tools should be placed in a double bag

  • Needles should be placed in the artist’s sharps container and should not be disposed in a regular trash bin

  • Artists should begin cleaning the treatment area after you exit

  • All forms should be signed and dated

  • Linens should be placed in a covered laundry receptacle

  • Tools and equipment should be sanitized after the procedure

What are some red flags to watch out for?

You should reconsider, if not cancel, your procedure if the following scenarios occur:

  • Any of the tools, equipment, or areas seem unclean or unsanitary

  • Needles are not in individually sealed containers

  • Microblading artists do not wear gloves and face masks during the procedure

  • Microblading artist can not or refuse to properly answer your questions

  • No sanitation certifications are present in the establishment

If your microblading salon doesn’t seem to be following proper procedure, don’t continue with your microblading session. Better safe than sorry, especially when dealing with permanent makeup!

If you want to ensure a worry-free experience, find microblading artists who underwent rigorous training. Properly trained microblading artists should have these guidelines memorized by heart.

Training schools like OPM include microblading sanitation and sterilization guidelines in their curricula. Plus, we discuss how to get accredited and licensed (which both require adherence to health and safety guidelines!)


If you are a microblading artist looking for professional training, visit our list of training courses.

If you are a client who wishes to learn more about microblading sanitation and sterilization, feel free to call us at 310-207-7797. You can also message us or book an appointment online.