It is important to always patch test the client in advance of their treatment following manufacturers’ instructions PMU artists need to be aware of how to perform an onsite scratch test if they are required to carry one out. 

As has previously been mentioned, a contraindication to micropigmentation is a condition that serves a purpose for a person not undergoing the semi-permanent makeup treatment. If your client admits to having one of these conditions, you should not carry out the treatment. 

This list below is not exhaustive, but these are the most common contraindications preventing a client from having treatment. You should also check with your insurance company as they may put exclusion clauses in your public and product liability insurance relating to certain conditions.

  • Auto-immune conditions (these require doctors’ consent prior to treatment)
  • Antabuse (must be finished course of medication)
  • Insulin dependent diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Hemophilia
  • HIV/Aids
  • Hepatitis B and C
  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
  • Problems with skin healing
  • Roaccutane – Must allow 6 months after completing the course before having Lupus treatment
  • Undergoing chemotherapy – Need doctors’ consent prior to treatment

A patch test should be given to the client at least 24 hours before them having their treatment to help determine whether they have an allergy to either pigment or anesthetic. If the client comes to the clinic, a small dot of pigment and anesthetic should be applied to an inconspicuous part of their body, for example behind the ear. If you are posting their patch test to them, you may wish to send a cotton bud that has some of the pigment and anesthetic on which they can re-hydrate and apply to themselves