How Can I Lighten My Tattooed Eyebrows?

There are a lot of ways to create fuller looking brows: pencils, powders, gels, mascaras. For those who want to wake up with perfect brows every day, there's even tattooing or microblading. But sometimes the finished brows can look too dark or harsh even after the healing period is over. Retinol to the rescue! It contains vitamin A and increases the turnover of cells in the top layer of skin. Here's how to lighten up those brows.

Wash your brows with soap and water, and let dry. Wait 30 minutes before applying retinol to help prevent stinging.

Apply a thin layer of retinol cream over each tattooed brow. Go to bed and let the retinol do its work.

Repeat every third night until your skin gets used to the retinol. Then start applying it every night until brows have been lightened to your desired shade.


Retinol creams are available at drug stores and department stores, but 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 during the day, as retinol makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight.

Do not use retinol if you're pregnant.