Contra-indications / Restricted Contra-indications to a microblading Treatment

Take notes when discussing with your PMU trainer the reasons why the conditions below can contra-indicate a microblading treatment. In some cases there may need to be special care taken for a restricted contra-indication. This means the treatment can take place but with special care. The client may have condition but it is not evident on the treatment area therefore the treatment can precede e.g.  The client could have eczema on their body but not on their face or a cut on their cheek area.

  • Pregnancy
  • Hepatitis
  • Haemophilia
  • Cuts and Abrasions
  • Swelling
  • Recent scar tissue
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Skin infection/disease
  • Undiagnosed lumps
  • Bruising
  • Sunburn
  • Hypersensitive skin
  • Pace-maker
  • Heart condition
  • Dizziness/fainting
  • Allergies to latex, plasters, medicines, products or penicillin
  • Planning micro dermabrasion, chemical peels,
  • injectables or fillers
  • Epilepsy
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory issues
  • Keloid scarring
  • Eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis
  • Herpes simplex
  • Vitiligo

Pregnancy – There is no medical evidence to support that this procedure could cause harm during pregnancy. However should there be any complications you would not treat a client who is pregnant. Legal action may be sought to hold you responsible.

Heart Problems – This treatment is invasive and can be painful which could cause anxiety in some clients. This could result in an attack and you are not trained on how to deal with this. Do not treat.

Diabetes – Severe diabetes can cause heavy bleeding and bruising. Avoid treating those who are insulin dependent or suffer brittle diabetes (uncontrolled type 1 diabetes).

Psoriasis – This condition causes dry skin that peels and flakes. The treatment can be highly uncomfortable and is unlikely to be successful. Treatments for this condition (creams/oils) would also fade the pigment. Excessive bleeding could also occur.

Hyperpigmentation – Can be a result of previous skin injury that has damaged the skin. It may cause further damage and the skin may not heal properly.

Scarring – Scars are the result of previous injury and affect the dermal layer of the skin. The skin tissue can be harder to treat and be successful.

Keloid Scarring – This is more common scarring in darker skins. This scar will be thicker and protrude from the skin. It is usually shiny and almost like a rope under the skin. Do not treat a client who is prone to keloid scaring as this can be very painful and they will ultimately end up with a keloid scar on the eyebrow area.

Vitiligo – Loss of pigmentation. Vitiligo occurs when melanocytes, the cells responsible for pigmentation die or are unable to function. The client may experience a spread of the condition in the area. The condition must be stable, meaning no pigmentation loss for 1 year prior to treatment.

Birthmarks – it is not advisable to treat any birthmark. Any changes to the birth mark could not be monitored. The client must gain permission from their dermatologist or GP prior to treatment.


  • Pigments – It is advised that all clients have a patch test 48 hours before the treatment to check for any adverse effects to the pigments.
  • Be aware of clients who have an allergy to nickel. Needles are nickel based and could cause a reaction.
  • Anaesthetics – All anaesthetics have a content of Caine and those who have an allergy to Novocaine or any type of Caine derivative could experience a reaction from the topical ointments.
  • Latex – Be aware of clients with allergies to latex. You should keep a supply of non-latex gloves within your treatment room.

Always discuss allergies in detail with your client and perform a patch test for pigments, needles and anaesthetics you will be using to reduce the risk of a contra-action.


Botox treatments are becoming more and more popular in the beauty industry and very much the norm for many clients you will treat. Always ensure you leave enough time between treatments before performing a tattooing treatment.

Botox – 4 weeks after last treatment

You can tattoo DIRECTLY BEFORE a Botox treatment but not directly after.