A contraindication is the presence of a condition that may make the client unsuitable for treatment. The treatment may not be able to take place, or the treatment may need to be adapted. When treating a client, if they show signs of any contra-indication, tactfully refer them to their doctor for treatment/advice. Never tell your client what contra-indication they may have even if you are sure, you know what it is. You may be wrong! If you are ever unsure about a contra-indication then do not treat the client, refer them to their doctor. This way you are always protecting yourself and the client. It is paramount that as a Microblading Artist you can explain the contraindications that prevent or restrict micro-pigmentation treatments and demonstrate how to effectively recognize them, whilst explaining the importance of and reasons for not naming specific contra-indications when referring clients to medical practitioners. Please take time to research the following and provide written evidence of actions you would take to deal with the following contraindications. 


  • Epilepsy
  • Inflatables
  • Inflamed and infected skin conditions and disorders
  • Contagious diseases
  • Moles in the treatment area
  • The medication causes a thinning or inflammation of the skin. (e.g., Steroids, Accutane, Retinols, Retin A, Renova, and active skincare ingredients such as alpha or beta hydroxyls)
  • Pigmented naevi
  • Medium/deep chemical peels
  • Under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs
  • Herpes simplex
  • Pregnant / Nursing Mothers
  • Clients with Botox, fillers, or implants 


  • Recent facial surgery (within 6 months)
  • Recent dermabrasion, chemical peels, or AHA treatments
  • Allergies (to metals i.e., nickel, latex, numbing creams, and pigments, etc.)
  • Hemophilia
  • Hypertrophic scars
  • Body dysmorphia
  • Sunburn in the area
  • Keloid scars or prone to keloid formation
  • Diagnosed scleroderma
  • Pink eye
  • Psoriasis in the area to be treated


  • Insulin controlled diabetes
  • Blood-thinning medication (i.e., Warfarin)
  • Chemotherapy / Radiotherapy
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disorders
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis
  • Clients who suffer from auto-immune disease disorders (the body may break down pigments quickly)
  • Organ transplant patients (compromised immune system)
  • Blood disorders such as sickle cell anemia, hemophilia, etc. and those taking large doses of aspirin, Coumadin, Heparin, or Cortisone
  • Clients suffering from Lupus

As much as I would love to make every customer happy with treatments, it’s important to recognize that not all clients will qualify to have them. We want to make sure that our clients have healthy brows and that the skin surrounding the area is healthy as well. If your clients are experiencing any of the following conditions, refrain from applying products immediately unless the areas have healed, with a doctor’s approval. Please advise your clients to go to a doctor if symptoms are unbearable or getting worse.