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Skin Camouflage Service

A skin camouflage appointment offers the opportunity to try out skin camouflage products and see if they might be a helpful option. Skin camouflage products are creams and powders that can be used to reduce the appearance of a mark, scar or skin condition. During appointments, our trained skin camouflage practitioner talks to patients about their concerns and provide practical advice.

Many people with a visible difference can struggle with social anxiety and low confidence, especially as they can experience staring, comments, or unwanted attention. Our specialist skin camouflage service is there for people with marks, scars and skin conditions who may wish to try out the option of skin camouflage and see if it’s a helpful tool for managing life with a visible difference.

What is skin camouflage?

Skin camouflage is the application of specialist, highly-pigmented creams and powders which can be used to reduce the appearance of a mark, scar or skin condition.

Skin camouflage creams and powders come in a vast array of shades and colours so they can be matched to an individual’s skin tone.

Skin camouflage products can be applied to the face and/or body.

Is skin camouflage suitable for my condition?

Because skin camouflage is suitable for a very wide range of conditions, it is easier to start by saying what it’s not suitable for.

Skin camouflage is not suitable for skin that is
– infected
– inflamed or
– broken.

Skin camouflage can be used for a wide range of scars, marks and skin conditions that it is not possible to list them all here.

The following are just a small number of the conditions that people use skin camouflage for:

– vitiligo or loss of skin pigmentation
– scarring, including acne scarring and self-harm scars
– hyperpigmentation i.e. from melasma/chloasma
– birthmarks
– the skin around a prosthesis

Can skin camouflage reduce the appearance of raised or indented scars or conditions?

Skin camouflage cannot level out a raised area, fill in an indented area or alter the skin’s texture.

Skin camouflage is rather a tool for covering an area of skin with a colour that matches the surrounding area.

Can I swim or play sports whilst wearing skin camouflage products?

Skin camouflage creams are made more-long lasting and more waterproof by a specially-formulated powder.

Lots of people play sports, swim and shower whilst wearing skin camouflage products.

 

Please click on the link below to read the news article which was published in the News & Star in January 2020:

 

Skin Camouflage News Article