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does microblading hurt

Some people experience a lot of pain during microblading others feel nothing and even fall asleep. It is not a toss-up.

One of the main questions people have about microblading is “Does Microblading Hurt?” While you may experience minor discomfort, microblading is not extremely painful.

Today, I’m going to show you 3 tips to prevent microblading pain. Spoiler alert:  Microblading artists, #3 is for you! 

These tips will help you…

  • Choose the right microblading artist for you
  • Greatly reduce and even eliminate any discomfort
  • Prepare your skin properly for this amazing procedure.

So, let’s dive in…


Make sure you can say NO to any contraindications (any condition that serves as a reason not to undergo a certain procedure). Head over to the Natural Brows Microblading FAQs section under “Is Microblading for Me?” There we have an extensive list of common microblading contraindications. If you answer yes to any of these, the procedure may not only be exceptionally painful but also harmful to your health.

Also, you need to know what type of microblading is best for your skin type. Microblading on oily skin is rumored to be more painful than on normal or dry skin. There is some truth to this. The blades are pressed harder and the cuts are deeper for oily skin to help with pigment retention. You can have microblading done if you have oily skin. However, step 3 will greatly help reduce this pain. This is why microshading (combo brows, ombre brows, or powderbrows) is often recommended for oily skin to avoid these issues. 

When researching your microblading artist check their reviews, visit their website and gallery, call them and ask questions. This is an investment in yourself. You should feel comfortable and confident in the artist that you chose prior to the procedure. If you get a bad feeling about anything, simply find another artist. Do not do the procedure with any unanswered questions or concerns. 


Pre-care is often forgotten as most people focus heavily on aftercare. Does microblading hurt? Well, it definitely can if you forget these important pre-care steps:

  • Do not work out 24 hours before the procedure.
  • NO alcohol or caffeine 48 hours before the procedure (Yes, there is caffeine in decaf coffee and tea!).
  • Avoid sun and tanning one week prior to the procedure.
  • Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E or Advil/Ibuprofen 48 hours before the procedure.

Things like drinking coffee, alcohol, and working out will almost guarantee more pain. This is because your skin becomes hypersensitive. Here is a full list of pre-care instructions.

STEP 3: The Double Numbing technique

For the artists, you can reduce pain is by using the Double Numbing technique. This involves using a primary and secondary numbing cream when microblading. Not every artist does this, so it’s a great question to ask when you are researching artists. 

For the Double Numbing technique, the artist begins by applying a primary numbing cream prior to the procedure starting. This is generally a topical anesthetic containing between 4-5% Lidocaine (like ZENSA or Dr. Numb). It is covered with a thin piece of plastic to maximize absorption and is left on the skin for at least 30 minutes.

Once the procedure has begun, a secondary numbing gel (like Tag 45) is applied onto each eyebrow as the artist alternates from one eyebrow to the other. The secondary numbing gel is specifically for open skin and also contains Epinephrine to reduce swelling and bleeding.

The Double Numbing technique GREATLY contributes to pain-free microblading. If you are concerned about pain, be sure to ask your artist about their numbing practices. At Natural Brows Microblading in Silver Spring, MD, we always employ the Double Numbing technique for our microblading clients.

This is an excellent video on primary and secondary numbing by Kristi, owner of Boss Brows. This is a great video for all you microblading artists out there to learn how to implement this technique for your own clients.

All microblading involves a small bit of discomfort because it involves tiny micro-cuts and yes, everyone has different levels of pain tolerance. However, microblading is not an extremely painful procedure, and following these 3 simple tips will ensure you have an enjoyable experience.

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