How can I lighten my tattooed eyebrows?

Written by colette hamilton
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How can I lighten my tattooed eyebrows?
Lightening tattooed eyebrows gives a more natural result. (George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

While the eyebrow pencil is the ideal make-up tool to correct little imperfections such as sparse brow hair or improperly plucked eyebrows, busy people don't always have the time to fill in their brows as well as they'd like. Tattooed eyebrows can be a real godsend to those who demand a timesaving and long-lasting way of maintaining a perfect set of eyebrows at relatively little cost and with minimal pain. However, sometimes the finished tattoos can appear overly dark or harsh even after the healing period has elapsed. There are easy and cost-effective ways to lighten them using products such as retinol cream.

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Things you need

  • Soap
  • Retinol eye cream
  • Mirror

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  1. 1

    Wash brow area with soap and water about half an hour before going to bed. Make sure the skin is clean and dry. Wait 30 minutes -- this will help prevent stinging when you apply the retinol cream.

  2. 2

    Apply a thin layer of retinol cream over each tattooed brow, and gently rub it into these areas using a mirror for guidance. Retinol contains vitamin A and increases the turnover of cells in the top layer of skin. It is this effect that will cause the tattooed eyebrows to lighten over time. Go to bed and let the retinol do its work!

  3. 3

    Carry out this simple procedure on every third night until your skin gets used to the retinol cream, then start applying it every night.

  4. 4

    Apply the retinol cream to the tattooed eyebrows every night until the desired lightening result is achieved.

Tips and warnings

  • Purchase retinol creams at chemists and department stores. It is important to note that over-the-counter versions won't be as strong as those available by prescription.
  • You may experience some mild stinging and peeling if you have especially sensitive skin. If this continues for more than three days, stop using the retinol cream.
  • Be sure to use sunscreen, as retinol makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight.
  • Don't use retinol if you're pregnant.

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