Frequently Asked Questions
Can I buy skin camouflage crèmes from BASC?
No. We neither endorse nor sell products and we are not affiliated to any industry, company, organisation or authority. We remain an independent, not for profit Association which allows us to work in a non-biased way, free from any influence or agenda.
Can I buy skin camouflage crèmes over the internet?
Yes, but first you will need to achieve an acceptable skin match in order to know which colour code to order.
Is camouflage crème available outside the UK?
Yes. Many of the brands are available within E.U. countries and Globally. To find out more, simply log on to the manufacturer's website for international availability.
My friends say it’s make-up for women only!
Your friends couldn't possibly be more wrong. Skin camouflage is available for men, women and children, of all ages, regardless of ethnicity or religion. However, we would not usually recommend skin camouflage for babies and young children unless at the request of their healthcare advisor.
Are there differences between brands?
Yes, there are variances; some are softer than others, some are more liquid, some give denser coverage, some slip more easily over scarring and some last longer in humidity than others. Your BASC adviser can help you decide which brand best suits your skin condition and lifestyle.
Is it expensive?
The brands currently available on NHS prescription are not expensive to buy when measured against how little product is required to cover a large area. There are a number of sizes available and a variation in price from one brand to another. Your BASC adviser can inform you of the cost implications and how to obtain the products you need.
Where can I buy skin camouflage crèmes?
You can order products via your local pharmacy counter or by telephone, email, standard postal letter or directly via the internet site of the relevant UK distributor.
Can I do the skin match process myself?
Yes, but this will involve purchasing sample kits. It is much easier to have an expert advise you on all aspects of skin camouflage and create an acceptable skin match with you.
How much does a skin camouflage consultation cost?
NHS - BASC graduates work within the NHS and in private practice. Currently those within the NHS provide a free service, but your medical advisor will need to refer you to the camouflage clinic.
Private Practice - Those working in private practice have diverse overheads, and the BASC recommend to its graduates that their consultation fee should be similar to other community services, such as chiropodist, dental hygienist and so on. Others working in private practice do not charge, but suggest a donation to charity instead.
Salons & Clinics - Some graduates work within clinics and high street salons which will dictate the consultation fee.
BASC recommend you make full enquiries before booking an appointment, and be aware that a fee may still apply even if you do not attend a pre-booked consultation in the private sector.
Will my doctor automatically prescribe it?
Several brands of skin camouflage are listed as ABCS (Approved By the Committee on Borderline Substances) which means they are available at a doctor’s discretion, on prescription (Form FP10) but are not automatically prescribed.
Is it ok to cover a mole?
No. We do not recommend you cover any mole, or any patch of skin that appears different to normal. We recommend you make an appointment to see your GP for medical diagnosis and seek permission to apply camouflage over the area.
Is it visible? Does it look like make-up?
As the wearer, it's understandable you may be conscious of having camouflage on your skin. Usually only a single thin layer of crème camouflage set with loose powder is necessary, which when correctly applied should not be obvious to others without close scrutiny.
Some brands have a selection of mix to match colours – are these any good?
Yes, but it can be time consuming to do this mixing on a daily basis. BASC would not recommend you mix more than two colours together to achieve an acceptable skin match.
Why would I need to mix colours together?
This is necessary when your skin changes colour, which can be due to on-going medical procedures or a natural change in your skin colour. For example, skin exposed to sun will be darker than skin covered by clothing.
What if I get a tan while on holiday?
You can slowly add a darker camouflage crème to your 'winter' skin coloured one, so the camouflaged area 'tans' in line with your natural skin.
Can I apply sun protection over it?
Yes, providing it is not oil based. Although the camouflage crèmes have a degree of sun protection included, this is not sufficient to give several hours’ protection. You can apply sun protection under the camouflage too.
Can I wear make-up too?
Yes. Your normal decorative cosmetics can be worn over set skin camouflage, just be careful not to dislodge the camouflage when you apply the make-up.
Can I put my ointment over it?
No. Ointment needs to be applied directly to the skin to be fully absorbed. In such cases we suggest you apply your ointment, wait about 10 minutes for the skin to absorb it and then apply your camouflage.
Can I apply silicone gel over it?
No, for the same reason as ointment. If necessary you can apply skin camouflage over silicone gel, however it is not recommended to apply camouflage over silicone gel sheets because it doesn’t adhere well and can look messy.
Can I sleep in it?
Yes, although it is recommended that the camouflage be removed daily for hygiene reasons. It may also transfer to bed linen.
Does it rub off?
No product should be considered fully rub-proof as all will transfer to the inside of clothing or to textiles such as bed linen. Soiling is removed by normal laundry processes.
Is it waterproof?
Because most camouflage products are oil-wax based they will naturally repel water. If your camouflage gets wet you should pat the area dry, or allow the skin to air-dry naturally. Rubbing dry or applying heat from a hand-drier may dislodge your camouflage.
Can I go swimming?
Yes. Simply allow your camouflage to air-dry naturally.
Do products deteriorate?
Most products have a shelf life and camouflage is no exception. The packaging will give a 'use before' date or a 'Product After Opening' expiry date. For example, PAO 18m means the product has a shelf life of 18 months once opened. These advisory dates only apply when the product is used and stored as per instructions.
How should I store it?
Always replace the lid immediately after use. You should store product as per instructions, generally in a clean dry location such as a bathroom cabinet or dressing-table drawer. There is no need to keep product chilled.
Are the tattoo cover kits any good?
The camouflage should give good coverage, however the kit might be limited in skin matching colours. So it's possible you might have to mix colours to obtain a good match. We would advise that you meet with a BASC graduate to discuss tattoo cover, as they will be able to quickly create a suitable complementary colour and an acceptable skin match for you.
Why would I need a complementary colour when blocking a tattoo?
A complimentary colour is derived using the colour cone theory and is applied before your skin-matching colour. It is applied to prevent the vivid colours of the tattoo showing through the skin-matching colour.
Is just one complementary colour needed?
Yes, it would be impossible to redraw the tattoo using every complementary colour applicable.
Is green ever used as a complementary colour?
Rarely. The complement to red based on the colour cone theory does indicate green. However it can be difficult to apply skin colour to match over a green base. The most frequently used complementary colours are available on a handy 'mini-wheel' developed for skin camouflage practitioners, which can be used by a person wishing to achieve camouflage without assistance.
Will I get camouflage for my tattoo on the NHS?
This is unlikely, unless it is to cover a Radiographer’s mark or due to exceptional circumstances, such as a burn or scar injury which passes through a tattoo.