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.