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!


28th July 2015

Dermablend availability...

Vichy Dermablend Corrective Concealer stick is no longer listed on the NHS prescription list.

However it remains available to purchase at leading pharmacies and online - a list of leading stockists is available at www.dermablend.co.uk/Wheretobuy. Vichy appreciate a number of people may be concerned about having to pay the retail price for this product when they were used to their prescription arrangement. Consequently, Vichy has created a special discount code for patients to use. Please visit the official Dermablend retail site www.my-dermacenter.com/en-uk and enter the code SAVE47 at order checkout, where the full terms and conditions of this discount are also available.

23rd July 2015

Charles H. Fox rebrands

With immediate effect, Charles H. Fox in Tavistock Street is now to be known as Kryolan City London.

They will also operate as @KryolanUk on Twitter and Instagram, and Kryolan UK on Facebook. The team will continue to be the distributors of Dermacolor both for NHS prescription and over the counter sales.

30th April 2015

British Association
of Dermatologists Press Release

This is an independent report commissioned by the BAD but researched and authored by King's Fund.

For findings (which highlight major failing in the NHS services affecting dermatology patients and also suggests a range of solutions) with infographic, please click here.

13th March 2015

Covermark adds 12 new shades to it's Classic Camouflage range

From 1st April 2015, Derma UK Ltd, the UK distributors of Covermark have increased the number of shades available in the range to 22 colours.

All Covermark shades will be available for NHS reimbursement on a doctor’s prescription. For those people wishing to purchase Covermark, the lines are held by all major pharmaceutical wholesalers, so any pharmacy should be able to order in a the correct shade for the following day.

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