Skin camouflage

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– a simple aid to a complex problem

Skin camouflage is designed to mask discoloration, including erythema (redness) to non-infectious skin conditions.  It works better when the lesion is flat to the surrounding, unaffected, skin ... but can be used successfully over psoriasis.  Topical medication can be applied prior to skin camouflage; allow ten minutes, or so, for the ointment/gel/lotion to be absorbed. The British Association of Skin Camouflage has not received any confirmed report or evidence that camouflage encourages or is detrimental over psoriasis.  Camouflage cannot alter the structure of the skin but it can make the psoriasis less noticeable.

Back of hand before skin camouflage application

Photo 1: Back of hand before skin camouflage application

The trick is to find the product best suited to your lifestyle – for example some brands last longer in humidity and some will give denser coverage than others – and then to achieve an acceptable skin colour match.  This “trial and error” must be undertaken adjacent to the psoriasis, otherwise unacceptable colours will embed between the plaques and interfere with colour selection.

You cannot achieve an acceptable match by placing the colour on a palette held close to the lesion.

Photo 2: You cannot achieve an acceptable match by placing the colour on a palette held close to the lesion.   

We would not recommend mixing more than two colours together to achieve an acceptable match, but you may require a different coloured product over skin that is usually concealed by clothing and a variation from summer to winter skin colour.   

Mix colours together on your palm

Photo 3: Mix colours together on your palm.

Once the brand and colour have been agreed, the skin camouflage consultant will then advise you on application – for psoriasis this would usually be rubbing the crème into the lesion with your finger tips.   

Photo 4: Application is easier over flexed joints

The camouflage crème then needs setting with loose powder; using a powder puff press the powder on and brush off any excess.

The use of a fixing spray will further stabilise the camouflaged area and help prevent any natural desquamation (flaking off).  This will also give the skin a slight sheen – this might be a desirable outcome, if not, a light dusting of powder will return the camouflage to matte.

Back of hand after skin camouflage application.

Photo 5: Back of hand after skin camouflage application.

Five brands of skin camouflage are currently available, at Doctor’s discretion, on NHS Prescription.  These can also be ordered as retail at any chemist (pharmacy counter), from the internet and directly from the UK distributor.

Camouflage Consultants
You normally require your dermatologist, GP or healthcare advisor to refer you to a NHS clinic.  Private practice requires no medical referral for psoriasis, but a fee might apply. 

For your nearest consultant, contact:

We are grateful to Elizabeth Allen from The British Association of Skin Camouflage for supplying this article and images.