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Types of Skin Camouflage Treatments

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Types of Skin Camouflage Treatments

Skin camouflage involves applying specialist creams, inks, or powders to conceal scars, birthmarks, discoloration, and other blemishes to even out the skin tone and improve its overall appearance. This form of skin therapy can also benefit people with skin imperfections or disfigurations, helping them improve their self-image and sense of confidence, especially where cosmetic surgery is not possible or is undesirable.

Skin Camouflaging Treatments

Skin camouflaging has been developed to help treat people with a wide range of skin conditions including:

  • Acne scars
  • Age spots
  • Birthmarks
  • Chronic skin diseases
  • Hyper pigmentation
  • Freckles
  • Liver spots
  • Melasma
  • Rosacea
  • Scars
  • Scleroderma
  • Stretch marks
  • Tattoos
  • Telangiectasias
  • Varicose veins
  • Vitiligo

Skin camouflage therapy can be effective in treating both major and minor skin conditions and is available in a number of different techniques.

Medical tattooing

Medical tattooing involves adding pigments to the skin to help conceal the appearance of scars and other skin conditions. This procedure is performed by a medical tattooist who will implant skin-colored pigments into the skin to help create a natural effect that optimally matches the scar with the tone of the skin surrounding it. 

The pigment will be built up over several sessions depending on the scar’s severity. A numbing cream, such as a topical anesthetic, may also be applied to the area to eliminate any pain. This treatment can be particularly effective in disguising vitiligo patches, burns, surgical or trauma scars, acne scars, stretch marks, and chickenpox scars.

Camouflage Cream

This non-invasive treatment hides the appearance of skin problems such as scars, birthmarks, and discoloration using specialist, pigmented skin camouflage products. Unlike regular makeup brands that are designed for everyday wear, these creams and powders have been specifically formulated to provide heavier coverage and last longer.

Skin camouflage creams are waterproof and transference proof and are applied to the skin in layers before being sealed with a fine coat of powder to help them set. The creams are blended into the skin to help achieve a more even and natural appearance to the skin. The effect can last up to three days on the body, and up to 24 hours on the face and once applied will require a specialist cleanser to gently remove them from the skin.

These camouflage creams are safe to use. The only watch out is the chances of skin allergy in sensitive skin types. It is advisable to wait until any open wounds, rashes, cuts heal in the area to be camouflaged.

What are the Benefits of Skin Camouflage?

Along with their physical scars, people with skin imperfections often suffer from psychological scarring due to feelings of embarrassment and poor self-image. Skin camouflaging treatments can help people build their confidence and self-esteem by improving their appearance. Some of the additional benefits of skin camouflaging treatment include:

  • An instant improvement in appearance
  • Attention is no longer placed on the defect or disfigurement
  • It can be a complementary treatment that need not conflict with other ongoing medical procedures or treatments.
  • It is less invasive than many cosmetic or surgical procedures.

Skin camouflaging is a safe and effective way to conceal a wide range of skin conditions helping people to regain their confidence, happiness, and independence.


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