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Local health officials raise alarm about microblading in unlicensed facilities

BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- Microblading, or permanent makeup, is a popular trend for people who want perfect eyebrows or makeup that never washes off. 

"I think it's nice when you wake up in the morning and you look like you have makeup on you don't have to apply eyeliner," Jackie Ferretti said.

But before you consider this beauty treatment, beware. The East Shore Health District is warning consumers it's hard to track down unlicensed technicians who can apply permanent makeup.

Alex Cinotti, the assistant director of health with the East Shore Health District said, "You're cutting into the skin. That's a danger. People need to know how to do it properly." Most health districts inspect facilities once a year. Microblading does require a state license and proper training. Cinotti added breaking the skin with unsterile equipment carries the risk of infections. 

Cinotti told NEWS8, "Anytime you break through the skin there is the possibility of getting MRSA, there's the possibility of getting Hepatitis and there's the possibility of getting AIDS.

Denise Treusch with Altered Image Permanent Makeup & Hair Salon  said, "You're cutting through someone's skin repeatedly. It's not like you draw it on one time. You go over and over and then you are putting pigment into the skin." Technicans that  are licensed say you may run the risk of giving and contracting bloodborne pathogens. 

Angela Maione-Seznec, the owner of Angela Maione Beauty said, "It's very easy to cross-contaminate or contaminate yourself or others." Angela Maione-Seznec said it is alarming  people are practicing permanent makeup without a license. She added, "It's really hard to swallow for the people that spend so much time and money on proper training."

Luckily, Ferretti had a good experience, but  she did her homework. Jackie Ferretti said, "It hurts a little but yeah. but of the person knows what they're doing and they stop in between and put on some numbing stuff it definitely does help."

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