Skin Camouflage

What is 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 population have some form of dermatosis that could benefit from medical attention. Many of these may benefit from learning the skills of skin camouflage. 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.

Consultations may take up to one hour and one visit is normally sufficient. During the consultation you will be taken through the skin matching process to identify the most suitable product and acceptable colour. The British Association of Skin Camouflage (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 delivers the consultation?

Skin Camouflage is delivered by Dermatology Nurse Linda Buick, who is an Associate Member of the British Association of Skin Camouflage (BASC). You can read more about her here.

Who can benefit from skin camouflage?

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

Conditions frequently referred for skin camouflage:

  • 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

For information on which skin conditions are unsuitable for camouflage, as well as product information, read more here.