What makes semi-permanent makeup ink organic or inorganic?
Ink pigments can be both inorganic and organic, but what separates the two should be a concern for you and your brows if you’re deciding to have your brows microbladed with inorganic ink. There is a growing issue over the toxic chemicals and heavy metals that have been used in regular ink, which in turn has been replaced with safer ingredients and much reduced toxicity combined into a formula that is called organic ink, which is the ink I use on my clients.
There is risk for having an allergic reaction to anything you apply on your skin, but with organic ink the risk is considerably reduced, and the ingredients in the pigments are to cause. Here is a simple explanation of the type of ingredients that are used in each type of ink:
Organic ink is made of fruit or vegetable based pigments, also called “lake pigments”. They are oil dispersible, which just means the color dye will blend in with your skin more naturally with little to no clumping and will have a brighter color effect as apposed to a dull, faded look.
Inorganic ink consists of the main ingredient called iron oxide. This ingredient is often found in association with other metal-containing acids such as lead, arsenic, and mercury. Inorganic ink also contain preservatives, perfumes, and other additives, so when the ink is applied to the skin it has the risk of causing a severe reaction and sometimes even permanent damage if not applied correctly.
Some inorganic products are not FDA approved, so don’t be fooled by the products that some of these microblading professionals use, as they may be using products that could potentially be harmful for your skin. Even if the ink is FDA approved, the level of toxic metals that are present in the products meet just below the regulated standard, but enough to be distributed, bought, and then used on clients like you.