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Understanding the difference between organic and inorganic PMU pigments

17 May 2023 0 Comments

First of all, it is important to know upfront that "organic" pigments are often misunderstood as they are unrelated to the organic food definition. All jokes aside, you would surprise to know how many "experts" get this term confused.

What are inorganic and organic pigments? 

Organic pigments are composed of carbon rings and chains, resulting in more vibrant colors and larger color ranges. They have smaller particles, reflect more light, and are more transparent than their counterparts. Compared to inorganic pigments, organic pigments are bright, quick-acting and long-lasting.

Inorganic pigments derive from natural minerals (iron oxide-based), have a larger particle size, are earthy-toned (more opaque), require multiple layers and they are not as long-lasting providing more flexibility in return.

Hybrid formulations offer a combination of organic and inorganic pigments and we will cover this topic in another blog article.

Now that you know the basic difference between them, you may be wondering when to use one or the other?

Organic-based pigment lines implant into the skin more easily making them longer lasting, however be careful not to oversaturate to maintain the ability to add more color definition in the future if desired.

Inorganic-based pigments are an excellent choice for those looking for a fast-fading and more forgiving pigment. This type of pigment is composed of larger particles that take longer to deposit and fade sooner, making them ideal for both beginner artists and clients desiring less commitment.

Organic and inorganic pigments have different applications depending on your client's skin type, color, and desired outcome.

Organic pigments are suitable for oily, thick skin, and inorganic pigments are ideal for thin, mature skin, fair skin, and sun-damaged skin. Inorganic pigments are also recommended for clients who want a bold look however note there would be no room for adjustment in color or shape. 

Inorganic-based pigments may be a better solution for new PMU artists, With their greater flexibility, you will be able to make adjustments as needed and ensure a long-term relationship with your clients as more touch-up sessions would be required.

For the best results, aim for a soft and airy deposit when working with organic and add more layers and more treatments with inorganic.

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With Love, Ari xx 

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