Skin Camouflage

Skin Camouflage in Stirling

Skin Camouflage is delivered by Dermatology Nurse Linda Buick who  is an Associate Member of the British Association of Skin Camouflage (BASC)

What’s involved in a Camouflage Consultation?

Consultations may take up to one hour and one visit is normally sufficient. During the consultation Linda will take you through the skin matching process to identify the most suitable product and acceptable colour. BASC would not recommend the mixing of more than two colours together to achieve an acceptable skin match. Once this has been agreed you will be taught how to:

 

  • apply the camouflage
  • manage it during wear
  • remove to cleanse skin
  • where to obtain your camouflage products

Who benefits from Skin Camouflage ?

Non-infectious skin conditions (dermatoses) and scars are the result of many and varied causes – rarely because someone has not taken care of their skin. It is estimated that approximately 25% of the UK the population have some form of dermatosis that could benefit from medical attention.

Skin conditions can be devastating and psychologically damaging to men, women and children, irrespective of age, nationality and religion. However, we would not usually recommend skin camouflage for babies and young children unless at the request of their healthcare advisor.

Psychosocial inhibition is irrespective of whether the problem is immediately visible or hidden by clothing and hairstyle.

Unfortunately many people suffer in silence, often not consulting their healthcare professional because they believe their distress will be dismissed as a “cosmetic” problem.

However, studies show that anxiety levels are higher in those with a skin condition.  Research confirms that up to a third of people report that they have suffered from psychological distress including;

  • Rejection and isolation
  • Unwarranted stares and comments
  • Intrusive and inappropriate questioning
  • Name-calling and verbal abuse

Although skin camouflage products cannot alter the structure of the skin, the immediate visual effect may help the person to regain self-esteem, which can do much to improve general health and assist in a return to normal social-sporting activities and employment.

Conditions frequently referred for Skin Camouflage

Skin Conditions, alphabetically;

  • acne erythema and scarring
  • cleft lip
  • discoid lupus erthematosus
  • ephelides (freckles)
  • flushing and blushing
  • Kaposi’s sarcoma
  • leucoderma (hypo-pigmentation)
  • melasma (also known as chloasma)
  • neurofibromatosis (café au lait marks)
  • plaque psoriasis
  • portwine stains
  • rosacea
  • solar lentigo (age spots)
  • spider naevus
  • striae (stretch marks)
  • telangiectasia (thread veins)
  • vitiligo
  • xanthelasma

Scarring as a result of;

  • accident
  • act of violence
  • burn injury
  • result of skin condition
  • resulting from disease
  • self harm
  • skin graft
  • surgical procedure

Other reasons;

  • Radiographer’s markings
  • decorative tattoos

Conditions not suitable for Skin Camouflage:

Conditions that need medical treatment and must not be concealed with camouflage products include:

  • allergic reactions
  • bacterial and fungal infections, such as impetigo and tinea (ringworm)
  • blister and ulcerated skin
  • chilblain
  • illnesses that visually manifest on skin, such as chickenpox and measles
  • infestations, such as scabies and lice
  • occupational/contact dermatitis
  • open wound
  • over sutures (stitches)
  • moles
  • photodermatoses, such as actinic dermatitis
  • psoriasis to nails, persistent palmoplantar and pustular forms of psoriasis
  • skin cancers
  • strawberry birthmarks
  • undiagnosed lesions
  • undiagnosed rashes
  • varicose veins
  • viral infections, such as herpes simplex, herpes zoster (shingles) and warts

We would not usually recommend skin camouflage for babies and young children unless at the request of their healthcare advisor.

Product Information:

Skin camouflage products are designed to mimic and blend in with the natural skin colour. However, the structure of the skin will remain unchanged.

There is a vast array of pre-mixed coloured crèmes and complementary colours available. A complementary colour is sometimes needed as an undercoat to conceal hyperpigmentation or a tattoo before the natural skin matching colour is applied. BASC do not recommend mixing more than two colours together to achieve an acceptable skin match. The camouflage crème requires setting with loose powder – the range of coloured and colourless powders varies from brand to brand.

There is a difference in crème texture, slip, durability and sun protection factor between the brands. This means one product may be better than another for a certain type of skin condition and also be preferred for the person’s lifestyle.

Skin camouflage products differ from corrective beauty aids in that;

  • the crèmes are specifically formulated to give light to total covering power, yet only require a thin application
  • the camouflage becomes resistant to water and is smudge proof, which means a return to sporting activities, such as swimming, without the fear of the camouflage washing off
  • the camouflage has a potential durability-stability time of between 8 and 16 hours before the need to “touch up” or reapply
  • the products contain sun protection properties
  • additional sun protection can be applied under and over the camouflage crème
  • topical medication can be applied prior to camouflage application
  • decorative cosmetics (make-up) can be applied over the set camouflage crème

No skin camouflage should be considered totally rub proof and there may be some transfer of product onto clothing, bed linen, etc. Any soiling can be removed by the textile manufacturer’s suggested cleaning method.

Whilst it is highly recommended that people remove their camouflage on a daily basis, the products may stay in place for a slightly longer period. The camouflage can be removed and immediately re-applied without any detrimental affect. The camouflage is removed by soap and water, or by using a soap substitute, or by using cosmetic remover wipes.

BASC have not received any reports that para-medical skin camouflage products available on NHS prescription encourage comedones (spots) or adversely affect any non-infectious dermatosis (skin conditions) or scar tissue. But, as with all products, if there is a suspected allergic reaction the product must be removed and the affected area thoroughly cleansed. A clinical test patch will confirm the allergen.

Products available on  NHS prescription: 

The British National Health Service currently lists brands of camouflage (contact links below) within the British National Formulary, the Drug Tariff and the Monthly Index of Medical Specialities (Borderline Substances) for reimbursement on form FP10.
This means that most of the products used by BASC graduates are available, at doctor’s discretion, on NHS prescription.

For those not wishing to involve their healthcare professional, the products listed below are also available from the internet and specialist retailers.

Covermark

Dermablend

Dermacolor

Keromask

Veil

Additional brands are available from the internet and usual retail outlets.