Baltimore City health officials are warning residents to do their research before paying for cosmetic tattooing.
Microblading and other forms of permanent, semi-permanent and long-lasting make-up trends have increased recently. Microblading uses a group of needles to insert pigment into the skin to create lines that mimic eyebrow hairs.
The problem is a lot of places are now offering these services even though they're not licensed to perform the procedures.
“We regulate tattoo facilities to protect the health and safety of our residents. Besides the cosmetic damage that may include permanent scarring, tattooing in unlicensed facilities can lead to infections such as MRSA, HIV, Hepatitis B and C,” said Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen.
Microblading is prohibited in salons by state law. If you want to get the procedure, you can find a list of licensed facilities on the Baltimore City Health Department's website.
Residents may report unlicensed tattooing to Baltimore City’s 311 Call Center.