SMP Pigment Not Staying

This is a topic I never hear about from providers. 

Typically pigment not staying or sometimes not even seeing an impression stick is due to working in scar tissue. 

This can be frustrating for both you and your client. It’s the artist’s job to do everything possible to overcome this issue. 

Change needle sizes, maybe change pigments, go slower, etc. 

What if the scar tissue is just bleeding too much or the client has a history of poor healing or keloid scarring. 

Unfortunately, there are times where you as an artist may need to inform the client that they need to address the scars’ heath by letting it heal longer, look at laser resurfacing, microneedling, etc before you can continue. 

It’s important to try and spot these concerns before taking a client on, however this isn’t always obvious until you start the work. 

Dermimatch pigments may be able to help as they are slightly thicker than what is commonly used in the SMP industry. The thicker pigment can help with pinpoint scar work without the “sponge” and migration effect scars can have on highly diluted inks. 

Look at Dermimatch is located in Scottsdale, AZ 


Adding Complection Correction To Your SMP Practice

What is Completion Correction (CC)? CC is a thick skin tone pigment originally used to cover dark spots or irregularities in the skin. Dermimatch Hair Clinic realized that this product was extremely effective fixing bad previous work on clients. It’s also a great way to reduce the appearance of the stubborn pigment left over after laser removal. 

If done correctly, SMP can be removed in about one laser session but some deeper impressions may stick around. CC is a great tool to take these darker spots down. 

You can be the best SMP artist in the world but you are putting thousands of impressions in the skin of varying depth. You will have a few impressions that may need to be blended and reduced. 

Before CC, your option was to add more pigments around the area to help blend. We all know ” more is not always better”. 

Using CC to reduce impressions with a blending technique can create a great medium of blending. 

Learn more about Completion Correction at  Dermimatch is located in Scottsdale,AZ 


Does SMP Pigment Turn Colors Over Time?

Many potential clients ask me if Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) turns colors over time; so I wanted to break down my answer as I would during a consultation.  

There is no question that using the correct pigments, colors, shades, needles, etc. play an intrical part in an artist’s overall results. However, the SMP industry has utilized marketing, and some companies have flat out lied about using special SMP pigments. Many have stated that if these “special” pigments are not used that you will see blue and green results. 

One demonstration posted on Youtube from the founder and CEO of a large provider; even went so far as to take “carbon black” tattoo ink and place it onto a paper towel. He then poured water onto the “black ink” to dilute it; as he poured the water onto the ink, it bleed blue and green. His statement was to use their pigments and not black inks. 

That post has since been taken down because any tattoo artist or anybody who tried this demonstration could tell you; if you take black carbon ink and put it on a paper towel and pour water on it; it will only remain pure black in color. 

Many artists in the industry are using carbon black tattoo ink and dilute it to create a “gray wash”. This is becoming more known in the industry and you can achieve good results if done correctly and subtly. Other companies are seeing some negatives in using pure black pigments and have created pigments with warming tones, different particle sizes, etc. Some examples you may want to look into would be  and

The blues and greens you tend to see in regards to SMP results are a product of technique. If the pigment is placed too deep in the skin,  this can create blowouts but also a blue/green effect as the pigment is sitting under layers of skin. This is more predominant in pale or light skinned clients and is created by the blurring effect and the light as we see the impression through layers of skin. You can test this by looking at some results in different lighting. Your results may look great in the living room but take a picture with a camera flash and it may appear blue-ish. This is the white light reflecting off the pigments under the skin.

Ultimately, your artist’s skill level should be able to keep the blue and green effect from occurring. If you have any questions or want to see results in person, you can reach out to Dermimatch in Scottsdale,  AZ 


Topical Finasteride

The idea of topical Finasteride has become more popular as big companies like “Hims” are utilizing and advertising this as an option to the traditional oral delivery method. 

Finasteride taken orally is one of the few FDA approved treatments to combat hair loss.  Subsequently, topical Finasteride is not FDA approved to treat hair loss at this time. So why would you want to take Finasteride topically if this is not an FDA approved method. The answer is very simple; side effects of taking Finasteride orally can override the benefits for many. 

Finasteride works by blocking the hormone DHT in the body. As with any medication that is altering hormones in the body, there will be side effects associated. 

  • Decreased sex drive
  • Ejaculation disorder
  • Skin rash
  • Trouble getting or keeping an erection
  • Increase in breast size and tenderness
  • Gynecomastia

Although Finasteride is typically well tolerated, many can be affected by these side effects or maybe just want to avoid taking the medication due to possible side effects. 

Alternatively; “Topical finasteride primarily lowers the levels of DHT in the scalp and has a substantially lower impact on serum DHT in the body, which makes it less likely to cause side effects than oral finasteride.”

To learn more or by topical Finasteride. Hims might be a good place to start.

For other additional coverage if you’re either thinning or if you’re passed the point of pharmacologic intervention and still want to address your balding; check out Dermimatch Hair clinic in Scottsdale, AZ. 

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Top Hair Loss Solution

If you are dealing with too much hair loss, there could be several reasons behind that. Unless you unlock the cause, you cannot get rid of it, right? You must have heard claims of coconut oil being the best hair loss solution available. Is it really effective as a treatment for hair loss, alopecia, receding hairline, and thinning hair? Well, coconut oil does help supply some nutrients to the scalp, since it is rich in good fatty acids. But it takes a lot of time to show results. Moreover, the results do not show up in every case, depending on the type of hair loss you are experiencing. Health scientists have too many reasons to dispute the effectiveness of coconut oil for hair. So what is the solution then? Well, if you seek a permanent cure for hair loss, then forget everything else and choose scalp micropigmentation in Phoenix Arizona.

What Does Research Say on Coconut Oil as Hair Loss Solution

While research does find proof that coconut oil can reduce the effects of protein loss in hair, there’s still doubt on the effectiveness of coconut oil on preventing male pattern baldness resulting from DHT.

One 2003 study found that coconut oil helps maintain protein levels in hair. You might be surprised to learn that frequent application of styling chemicals, over-brushing, and too much exposure to sunlight and wind might result in the loss of hair protein. No doubt, coconut oil is better than sunflower oil and safflower oil for hair loss. Coconut oil performs better than these two oils in terms of hair loss prevention.

While coconut oil can replenish your hair follicles, it is not a one-cure for hair loss. Its effectiveness might vary from person to person, depending on the extent and type of hair loss. If you are impressed with the claims of coconut oil for hair loss, you may want to use shampoos and hair care products that are formulated with coconut milk and oil. It not only smells good but also makes your hair feel soft and shiny. The best part is coconut oil as a hair loss solution is safe to use and does not cause any side effects.

But it takes time to show up results. If you are fighting serious hair loss in the form of thinning hair, alopecia areta, receding hairline, you may not want to wait for months or years for coconut oil to cover those visible signs of hair loss, which are ruining your looks and personality.

Bottom line

If you observe too much thinning of hair or fast receding hairline, you want to choose a quick-fix solution and not wait endlessly for results. Coconut oil may or may not help your hair loss problem. So instead of waiting for results that might not even show up, it is better to choose a permanent hair restoration solution.

Scalp micropigmentation in Phoenix Arizona gives you a permanent solution to hair loss. SMP helps recreate the look of hair follicles with the help of microneedles to implant matching pigment into the scalp. The best thing about SMP for hair loss is that it gives you a near-natural look so nobody can say you have undergone a hair loss procedure.