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Question #89161 posted on 03/17/2017 12:30 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have very thin, sparse eyebrows. I've tried several methods to regrow hair naturally, but nothing works. Finally, 2 summer ago, I found a talented cosmetic tattoo artist and had my eyebrows tattooed. They looked amazing for about a year, then started to fade. The artist warned me this would happen because I have oily skin. I'm thinking of having them tattooed again this summer, but I'm worried I might be doing some kind of long-term damage to my skin with repeated tattooing. I wear SPF 30 on my face every day, and I moisturizer every night. I'm 38 now - if I had my eyebrows tattooed every 18-24 months for the next, say, 20 years, would I eventually get eyebrow cancer?

-No Brows


Dear Browless, 

While my eyebrows aren't exactly sparse, they are pretty light, and so I just use an eyebrow pencil to bring definition to them. This is pretty cheap and works very well for me. However, if you'd prefer something more professional, then you can get your eyebrows tinted. Neither of these options will be as permanent as a tattoo, but looking at all the negative side effects of tattoos listed in these articles (carcinogens, infections, etc.), you might find them preferable.