BUYER BEWARE: "Natural and Organic" Permanent Makeup
By Pamela Netz, CPCP
The terms "Natural and Organic" seem to be the all the buzz on the Internet as most consumers want products and services that are safe. But BUYER BEWARE! "Natural" is often a term that is misused in the permanent makeup industry. Permanent cosmetic pigments used in permanent make up are best put under consumer scrutiny as the pigment is what remains in the dermal layer of skin. The vehicle used to transport the pigment is generally consisting of ethyl alcohol, a small amount of distilled water and glycerin. The pigments utilized in cosmetic tattooing consist mostly of inorganic Iron Oxides and organic pigments. Iron Oxide stands as one of the most stable and common elements found in permanent cosmetic pigments, therefore, they are considered valuable and desirable due to their wide range of colors, stability and non-toxic nature. Organic pigments are utilized in order to achieve brighter lip colors. However, most people do not understand that organic pigments are manufactured synthetically. The term refers to its chemical composition and not where it comes from. Nor does it mean that it contains any plant or agriculturally derived product you might consider to be natural.
It is the consensus in the industry that organic pigments are those which almost all allergic reactions are attributed to. Today, safe and reputable pigment manufacturers are in business to educate the public and ensure technicians and consumers that the public at large is not at risk. This is why it is so important you choose a professional who only purchases pigments from a reputable pigment manufacturer. As a CPCP, (Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional), in the industry for over 25 years, I can attest that I nor any of my clients has ever reported an allergic reaction from any pigment, organic or otherwise.
"Natural" is a term that is used for branding purposes, and should not be used to describe permanent makeup because the color additives in most pigments are not natural and are not agriculturally certified organic. Any person who is calling their pigments natural or organic is in most cases misinformed. Although the terms "Natural and Organic" sound good, it may be better to have your procedures done by a skilled and reputable professional who is knowledgeable about permanent makeup and will provide you with accurate information and use pigments that will not only last, but not cause any unwanted results caused by an allergic reaction.
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