The skin camouflage service offers appointments with trained skin camouflage practitioners.

What is the Skin Camouflage Service?

The Skin Camouflage Service offers skin camouflage appointments with trained skin camouflage practitioners at clinics across England and Scotland.

The clinic map shows the locations and estimated waiting times of clinics, as well as whether they require a health and social care professional referral or accept self-referrals. 

How do I get an appointment?

In order to have an appointment at a skin camouflage clinic, you will need to submit an online referral.

Some clinics require a health or social care professional referral, whereas others accept self-referrals.

Please check the clinic map to see which clinics are near you, their estimated waiting times and which type of referral is required.

What happens during an appointment?

First of all, the skin camouflage practitioner will ask how they can help you and listen to your needs.

After that, the practitioner will show you the range of skin camouflage products and ask to look at your skin.

With your input, the practitioner will then carry out a colour match. This is when the camouflage creams are applied to the skin in small amounts to see which shades match the skin.

When you have found a match that you’re happy with, the practitioner will apply this cream and then apply a powder.

Throughout this time, the practitioner will demonstrate how to apply the creams and powders. You will have the opportunity to have a go yourself so that you know how to apply the products yourself.

When you are happy with the outcome, your practitioner can write a Prescription Request Form for you. Please take this form to your GP who may give you a prescription for the recommended products.

Please note that we cannot guarantee the issuing of a prescription as it at your GP’s discretion.

How do I get my recommended products after an appointment?

At the end of your appointment, the practitioner can write a prescription request form for you.

A prescription request form is a piece of paper stating the name of the product, its colour code and size.

Please take this to your GP who may give you a prescription for the recommended products. We cannot guarantee the issuing of a prescription as it is at the GP’s discretion.

Some people find it helpful to make a face-to-face appointment with their GP, rather than simply handing in the prescription request form.

What skin camouflage products are used in the clinics?

All of the skin camouflage practitioners use a range of camouflage creams and powders from brands called Dermacolor, Veil, Covermark and Keromask.

Their kit contains approximately 150 different shades of creams and powders so as to provide the most effective colour match possible.

Can under 16s use the Skin Camouflage Service?

Yes. Children and young people under 16 years can access the service.

However, the Skin Camouflage Service does not offer skin camouflage consultations to children under 5 years old.

If you are under 16 years old, you will need a relevant adult to attend the appointment with you.

Individuals between the ages of 16 and 17 can attend skin camouflage appointments unaccompanied.

How long is my referral valid for?

Unless the waiting time for an appointment is longer, referrals are valid for six months.

If you would like another appointment after six months, you will need to have another referral submitted.

I live in Wales or Northern Ireland, can I refer to the service?

Unfortunately, at the moment the Skin Camouflage Service cannot offer skin camouflage appointments to people living in Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Skin Camouflage Service in the South West of England

We are always seeking to improve the quality and availability of our services. From October 2018, Changing Faces will be piloting a ‘hub’ model for the Skin Camouflage Service in the South West of England.

Clients will be supported by one larger clinic in Bristol to serve the area, rather than the several smaller, less frequent clinics currently in place.

Clients in the South West will continue to receive the same high quality service at the Bristol hub.