How to fade permanent makeup

Updated February 21, 2017

Permanent make-up may seem like a good idea for some people, but the reality is that make-up fashions, colours and styles change frequently and permanent make-up can become a nuisance if your tastes change or if you are unhappy with the final outcome of the procedure. Though permanent make-up will ultimately fade on its own over time, there are several ways to speed up the process if you are unhappy with your permanent make-up results.

The age of your permanent make-up and how it was applied will have a big effect on what processes you need to use to fade it and the length of time it will take to fade.

Go out in the sunlight more often. Exposure to sunlight will fade permanent make-up more quickly than time alone.

Apply facial scrubs, masks, peels and cleansers. Look especially for anything that exfoliates skin. Permanent make-up is essentially tattooed on your skin, so the faster your skin sheds and is replaced, the faster the permanent make-up will fade.

Apply anti-ageing serums. These types of products are designed to renew your skin and fade undesirable splotches and marks. Use of these products can help aid in fading permanent make-up.

Contact the doctor or dermatologist who applied the permanent make-up, or someone who regularly handles permanent make-up issues, and schedule an appointment to discuss your permanent make-up fading options.

Medical procedures such as dermabrasion, salabrasion and laser tattoo removal can all be used to fade your permanent make-up. If your permanent make-up was applied recently or is very dark pigment, you will probably need to use a medical method of fading it in order to get the best results.

Research the procedure options your doctor has given you and select the procedure you feel most comfortable. Once you have decided on a procedure, schedule the procedure then follow all doctors orders regarding preparing for the treatment and personal health care. Your permanent make-up should be noticeably lighter after the treatment has been completed.


Always read all instructions and warnings for personal products or procedures before using them.

Things You'll Need

  • Anti-ageing products
  • Exfoliants
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Jen Davis has been writing since 2004. She has served as a newspaper reporter and her freelance articles have appeared in magazines such as "Horses Incorporated," "The Paisley Pony" and "Alabama Living." Davis earned her Bachelor of Arts in communication with a concentration in journalism from Berry College in Rome, Ga.