Skin camouflage products

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Skin camouflage products mask the white patches and, when correctly applied, are waterproof, which means you can get wet without it washing off.  They also have sun screening properties, although no skin camouflage should be considered a full sunblock.  Camouflage can be applied over or under cosmetic foundation, make-up (which includes eyeshadow, blusher and lipstick) can be applied over the camouflage.  It should stay in place for 8 to 16 hours before you need to reapply it.

Skin camouflage involves applying a cream, which is fixed by a setting powder. At present (April 2012), there are five brands available, at a doctor’s discretion, on NHS prescription.  They have similar ingredients and are:

  • Covermark,
  • Dermacolor,
  • Keromask,
  • Veil,
  • Vichy (Dermablend) – No longer available on prescription.

Before and after applying beard shadow


These brands can also be mail-ordered directly from the UK supplier or from your chemist.  There are other skin camouflage products available on the Internet and over the counter in some shops.  These may give an identical outcome to those listed above, but you really need to see the colours on your skin to achieve a good skin match.  This can be difficult in your local department store or chemist.  Remember too that products available in the UK have to be licensed for sale and must comply with EU legislation and regulations; not all products available elsewhere carry such a safely standard. 

We would suggest that you seek advice before buying these products.

Photographs © The British Association of Skin Camouflage and used with their permission.