the British Association of Skin Camouflage


The main objective of the BASC is to alleviate the psychological, physical and social effects that an altered image can have on someone’s life by the simple application of specialised skin camouflage products. Founded in 1985, BASC is an independent association, which is not affiliated to any industry, company, organisation or authority. We do not endorse or sell any product. This independent status allows us to operate free from any constraint in the following ways...


BASC is internationally acknowledged as the leading training provider for medical professionals, make-up artists, pharmacists, therapists, beauticians and beauty therapy tutors.We continue to be pivotal in improving education facilities and were invited to be the expert adviser on the Consultative Committee for the S-NVQ qualifications rewrite (2002-3) and the 5-year revision review (2008-9). We are part of the BSI Technical Committee currently reviewing the Management and Quality of Beauty Care Services in Europe. BASC are nominated as expert advisers to BABTAC-CIBTAC.


BASC courses are awarded CPD accreditation by the;

  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Institute of Maxillofacial Prosthetists and Technicians
  • College of Occupational Therapists
  • Hair and Beauty Industry Authority
  • Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology
  • The Institute of Trichologists


Published in 2010, COVER the principles and art of para-medical skin camouflage is accepted as the only textbook written and endorsed by professionals.

We have a nation-wide network of BASC graduates who are able to offer a consultation service within the NHS and in private practice and members who undertake medical-legal reports. Please note that our trained consultants work independently of BASC – we do not employ any staff.  Access to FREE clinics provided by BASC trained consultants within the NHS will require referral in accordance with local agreements.  BASC trained consultants providing services within private clinics and high street salons will accept self-referrals, but a consultation fee may apply. We provide helpline advice for healthcare professionals, patients, patient support groups, educators, make-up artists, holistic and beauty therapists.

Presentations & Demonstrations
We organise camouflage awareness sessions for healthcare professionals, colleges and patient support groups.

We continually campaign for improved understanding of the psychological and social-economical problems associated with an image that may be considered different to others. We are active participants at national meetings, including; the All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin, the British Association of Dermatologists Patient Support Group, the Dermatology Council for England & Northern Ireland, National Voices, the Patients Association, Skin Care Campaign Scotland and Skin Cymru.


The psychological benefit to people who have been shown how to successfully apply and manage skin camouflage cannot be over-emphasised...

...it empowers them to face the world, with confidence!


10th December 2014

Charitable Status in Scotland

We are delighted to announce that with effect from 10th December 2014 we are now a registered charity in Scotland.

22nd October 2014

First National Burn Awareness Day

To help raise prevention awareness, please go to the Children's Burns Trust website.
For reports from the International Burn Injury Database, incorporating data from England and Wales, but excluding minor burns and scolds treated by A&E units.

15th October 2014

School Photograph Consent Form

A BASC Trustee has informed us that her grandchild's primary school's photographer's consent form asked if the parent wanted any "airbrushing" done to the photograph.

We have highlighted this comment to Changing Faces and the Skin Camouflage Network, who were unaware and thank us for bringing it to their attention. They are joining us in challenging this disturbing trend, but to enable us to understand how widespread this may be, we would be interested to know if you have encountered such a statement on a school photograph consent form (and was this aimed at primary or secondary aged children?).


25th September 2014

Hair Loss
(Priority Setting Partnership) Survey

In partnership with Hair Loss PSP, the BASC is asking everyone whose life is affected by hair loss, and those who are involved in treating hair loss, to encourage others to take part.

This is an opportunity for all concerned to have their voice heard and for their opinion to count. Further information and FAQ’s concerning the Hair Loss PSP can be found at www.alopeciaonline.org.uk.


20th September 2014

University of Sheffield
Research Study

The University of Sheffield would like to invite you to take part in a Research Study looking at your experiences of using skin camouflage.

To discuss and find out more please contact Madeline Pasterfield, Clinical Psychologist in Training on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it The research has ethical approval and is being supervised by Dr Andrew R Thompson at the Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield.



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