Dry Healing vs Wet Healing

beginners Jun 11, 2022
Dry Healing vs Wet Healing, Cosmetic Tattoo

Which technique is better and does the client's skin type matter?

Have you been wondering why some of your clients retain colour better than others? Maybe it’s because of their skin type, their home routine or maybe it’s because some apply the cream more often to their new tattoo than others?

Dry healing vs wet healing has always been a heated debate in the permanent makeup industry. There is no right or wrong approach to the topic, however, both methods have been tried and tested by artists and clients and there are some words of advice that come from the experience.

Wet Healing

Wet healing refers to helping a tattoo to heal by covering it with some form of barrier cream. This can be an ointment, cream, “butter,” or even an oil. The idea of a barrier cream on a fresh tattoo helps to trap any environmental bacteria from entering the fresh wound and it also allows the skin to remain moisturised while it heals. This results in the tattoo becoming less irritated and decreases the likelihood of infection. 

The only downside of wet healing is that it looks to be less effective on clients who have excessively oily skin. These clients found they have less colour retention than if they used dry healing.

  • Accelerated the healing process
  • Decrease the likelihood of infection
  • Reduces tattoo pain by keeping the skin moisturised
  • Not recommended for excessively oily skin


Dry Healing

Dry healing is just as simple as it sounds. This technique doesn’t use any aftercare products instead it relies on the exposed area to heal itself on its own. This form of healing does come with its own set of risks as a dry tattoo is more prone to infection if proper care is not taken and the tattoo can become “patchy” more easily due to lack of moisture in the skin. 

However, oily skin types may benefit more from this method of healing as their skin already has an overproduction of oil and can assist as a natural barrier to the tattoo. 

  • More prone to infection
  • Recommended for Oily Skin
  • The tattoo may become “patchy” or scarred due to lack of moisture

If you aren’t sure what to adopt first, I would suggest wet healing. This is my personal preference for my clients as it helps to decrease the risk of infection and is more suited for the majority of skin types. If after their first treatment your clients are not retaining pigment very well, you can suggest switching to dry healing and experimenting with the results.

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