The quality of the pigments used for permanent makeup

For safe permanent makeup, the raw materials in your vial must be fully compliant with the law. To ensure this, you should ask your manufacturer for the results of its heavy metal analyses (for mineral pigments) and aromatic amine release tests (for organic pigments).

View the analyses of the raw materials used in BIOTIC Phocea pigments

BIOTIC Phocea’s pigments are manufactured in accordance with the ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 standards. In addition, in selecting its raw materials and in its manufacturing process, BIOTIC Phocea applies the same level of rigour to its medical-grade and aesthetic pigments. By using our permanent makeup pigments, you therefore have access to the same degree of quality and safety as is found in our medical range (approved as a CE class IIb medical device under Medical Devices Directive 93/42/EEC). Thousands of people are tattooed each year with BIOTIC Phocea pigments without risks to their health.

In medical tattooing, many patients are immunodeficient due to chemotherapy or radiation treatments, and nearly all practitioners recommend and use BIOTIC Phocea pigments due to their complete safety.

Precautions to take before the permanent makeup session

  • The risks of permanent makeup:

Permanent makeup involves puncturing the skin, and can therefore cause infection if the equipment penetrating the skin is not sterilized or if the area being tattooed is not disinfected. During application, permanent makeup can cause light bleeding or projections of bodily fluids that are not always visible to the naked eye, and can thereby transmit infection. For this reason, the client’s health status must be verified, as it may contraindicate the treatment, particularly if certain medications are being taken.

  • The preliminary questionnaire and local and/or temporary contraindications:

A preliminary questionnaire must be filled out by your client before the treatment, and permanent makeup must only be applied to clean, “healthy” skin.


Preliminary questionnaire

In the case of a cold sore, certain medical treatments or skin lesions, the permanent makeup session must be postponed.  It is also strictly forbidden to pigment a nevus (flat or raised beauty mark). For pregnant women, as a precautionary measure, BIOTIC Phocea does not recommend permanent makeup as they are a high-risk group. In addition, people suffering from an active disease or a major systemic disorder (immune diseases, diabetes, allergies, haemophilia, serious or active eye disease for eye colouring, etc.) should not receive the treatment without a specialist’s approval. Applying permanent makeup to a minor is also prohibited without the consent of his or her legal representative.

Things to watch out for to ensure the safety of your permanent makeup

  • The hygiene and sterilization of the micropigmentation equipment:

While tattooing and permanent makeup are relatively unregulated professions (no official qualifications required to practice, beyond the requirement to complete hygiene and cleanliness training), the hygiene conditions must nevertheless be optimal and comply with very strict safety rules.

Thus, any equipment coming into contact with tattooed skin or the mounting pieces of this equipment must be sterile. The handpiece (pen) must be sterilized or at least disinfected.