Standing Strong In Skin – Medical Camouflage

I would like you to follow me and read carefully each of the skin conditions you see on the list below.

  • Acne scarring
  • Accidental scarring
  • Burns
  • Bruises
  • Birthmarks
  • Erythema multiforme
  • Ichthyosis
  • Keratosis pilaris
  • Lupus
  • Psoriasis
  • Rosacea
  • Self -injury
  • Vitiligo

Now pick a condition and place yourself inside of it.

Did you feel that?

You may be a sufferer already, or you may know someone that is affected by one of these conditions. Today in this world we are walking around with over 170 skin conditions and of those, there are over 40 common skin related conditions that may cause emotional distress, suicide, self-harm or exclusion worldwide. It hurts us, emotionally and psychosocially.Our focus is to live without being ridiculed, pointed at or stared upon as we go about our daily routines. This can often lead to depression, as some of us might harbor thoughts of what others may think of us, or experience intrusive reactions that could cause distress and anxiety, that further pull us away, affecting work, social life and relationships. As a result of this, we may find ourselves venturing towards surgical procedures.

In some cases surgical procedurescould be of benefit with remarkable differences owed to the expertise of the consultant or surgeon, but there is still the psychosocial aspect and the managed expectations to be considered, so it would be worthwhile looking at your options for correction and consider a non-surgical intervention such as medical camouflage, alongside your treatment.

What is Medical Camouflage?

Medical camouflage, also known as paramedical skin camouflage or skin cover up solutions is a non-surgical intervention to help conceal or diminish the appearance to skin that has become impaired due to an accident, surgery, or dermatoses that may have altered the pigmentation. Originally used in the film industry to help withstand the sweating under intense heat from lighting and underwater scenes, it was introduced to plastic surgeons for use during World War Iand II to camouflage severe burns and scars.

Medical camouflage for skin is reassuring to an individual who may not find immediate results from an ongoing treatment or scar repair due to injury or dermatoses. Providing the best medical camouflage solutions not only helps to diminish the appearance of scarring, it has also been found to improve confidence and reduce distress, helping those to overcome physical and emotional limitations.

Whilst surgical intervention is always helpful, it may not result in scars disappearing altogether. Medical camouflage can be applied using the fingertips, sponges, brushes or an airbrushing system. Medical tattooing, alsoknown as medical micro pigmentation,is now being considered for a more permanent camouflage.Specialist medical camouflage and solutions usedare able to camouflage the skin’s surface due to the heavy colourpigment within the product. Various methods and processes are used to diminish the shadow from scarring much as possible, once an ideal tone has been selected to cover the area of concern.Different processes are taken into consideration depending on whether the skin is reddened, de-pigmented or the pigment has become darkened in areas.

How can a Medical Camouflage Consultant make a difference to you?

A skin camouflage specialist would firstly make an assessment of your skin by recognising the skin type and its characteristics. They would then identify a tone that would match your skin, and using specialist techniques, blend effectively to diminish the appearance of scarring. In some cases, more advanced techniques for dual blending may be used to colour match more effectively. It would be important to note that there may be limitations when replicating mixed camouflage tones. Self-application of camouflage may take time to get used to and feel comfortable with, so training for home use is available.

Where can you find a Medical Camouflage Consultant?

The Skin Cover Up Clinic is based within the prestigious The London Dermatology CentreTM, based in Wimpole Street which is just on the other side of Harley Street, where some of the most reputable dermatologist consultants have practiced for many years.

Quick and simple solutions that once trained can be used in the privacy of your own home as and when required.

Whilst you are deciding what else to do next, here is a thought to take away with you:

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  • identifying emotional impact - Cosmetically covering scars cannot always evade deep and private pain so counseling may be also required work from within.
  • identifying distress - If you do not socialise, feel depressed, rejected at work or in the home, these could be signs that may need to be addressed with skin camouflage and /or a listening ear.
  • information is key - Having knowledge of what we do to help with cosmetically covering up scars can lift a huge weight off your shoulders and may even encourage you to go through the rest of your lifedoing things you would never normally consider.

For GP's, consultants, health practitioners, surgeons, dermatologists and other medical specialists, I would urge you to continue to………..
Listen, Observe, Value Emotions, Understand your patients, and perhapsleave information for them about Medical Skin Camouflage.

Gerri Facey

Take Cover Skin System Skin Camouflage Expert
Skin Cover Up Clinic

Written By Gerri Facey

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