Camouflage creams and powders can significantly reduce the appearance of marks, scars and skin discolouration whilst provide effective, long-lasting, waterproof cover

How it works

How does it work?

The Skin Camouflage Service can be used to cover a wide number of conditions, including:

  • vitiligo
  • scarring – including acne and self-harm scarring
  • rosacea
  • hyperpigmentation (melasma/chloasma)
  • birthmarks
  • stretch marks
  • skin discoloration
  • the area around a prosthetic
  • other dermatological conditions

However, we are not able to work on broken, infectious or inflamed skin. Additionally, our Skin Camouflage products are not able to fill indentations or level-out a raised area; they simply cover the area of skin with a colour that matches the surrounding area.

What will happen at an appointment?

  • At first your Skin Camouflage Volunteer Practitioner will ask how they can help you
  • They will tell you about the specially formulated creams and setting powders, which when applied correctly, have very high coverage and look natural. The creams and powders are all available on prescription but you may need to discuss your eligibility for this with your doctor
  • Your Practitioner will explain about the colour-matching process and will test small amounts of cream on the area you want to camouflage, until you have a match you are happy with. After this, they will apply the cream to the specified area and set the application powder.
  • Throughout this time your Practitioner will explain and demonstrate what they are doing and you will be able to look in a mirror to watch the process. You will then have the opportunity to practice applying the products yourself.
  • When you are happy with the outcome, your Practitioner will write out a Prescription Request Form. Please take this form to your GP who may give you a prescription for the recommended products; we cannot guarantee the issuing of a prescription, but we can support you in asking for one. Your Practitioner will also give you an information leaflet, which they will go through with you so that you remember how to apply and remove the cream and powder. This sheet will also contain the brand and colour code of the recommended cream(s) and powder(s) plus a phone number for any queries.
  • Please note that each condition is different and although our practitioners will do their best, perfect coverage is not always possible.

What skills and training do our volunteers have?

All our volunteer Practitioners receive a comprehensive training course, which is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and includes observation sessions, a residential 3 day practical course and mentored clinics. They are provided with a full range of camouflage creams, powders and relevant equipment.

Our practitioners are effective at putting people at ease and have a broad understanding of the differing physical and emotional needs of clients.

How much will it cost?

The service is provided free of charge and we welcome donations. Camouflage creams and powders are available on prescription and last between six months and three years, depending on the product, the area to be camouflaged and the frequency of use. If you currently pay for prescriptions then you will have to pay a prescription charge for the creams and powders.

How do I make an appointment?

Click here to find out how to make an appointment. Alternatively, ask your GP or other health or social care professional to refer you.

Please note that the clinics generally run one morning a month and demand can be high.

What if Skin Camouflage isn’t the answer?

Skin Camouflage might be a perfect solution for you now. But for some people, and some conditions, it will not be the answer, or only a temporary one.
Changing Faces has extensive experience in supporting adults and children who have concerns about their appearance. We can offer you advice on handling different social situations, as well as helping you develop your self-esteem and gain in self-confidence.

Find out more about our other services.

For general enquiries please contact 0300 012 0276 or email skincam@changingfaces.org.uk for further information.