Available from BASC
Second Edition : published 2015
ISBN 978 1 4520 6603 5
£39.99 + P&P




Cover, the principles and art of para-medical skin camouflage

Adapted from Joyce Allsworth’s original text by Elizabeth Allen, principal tutor for the British Association of Skin Camouflage. A comprehensive instruction manual designed to meet the requirements for NVQ students and qualified medical-therapy professionals who wish to increase their expertise and provide this specialist service. Second Edition : published 2015

Expert Reader’s Comments:

"This book belongs on the bookshelf of every aspiring and accomplished skin camouflage practitioner and every beauty therapist who carries out even the smallest amount of camouflage work."

Angela Bartlett BABTAC & CIBTAC Chair (2009-2011)

"The use of skin camouflage methods of therapy for those with disfiguring conditions offers remarkable benefits to holistic patient care. This book is a comprehensive, yet readable, guide for all involved in such care. It certainly should be in every library of those caring for the disfigured."

Tim Goodacre MSc   MB   BS   FRCS
Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Nuffield Department of Surgery, University of Oxford
and Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford

"I always welcome texts that help dermatology patients cope with the challenges of their condition and I feel that this book is a great addition to the current self-help literature in the field."

Dr Linda Papadopoulos CPsychol  CSci   AFBPsS
Reader in Psychology at Metropolitan London University
(specific research interest in the field of psychodermatology)

"Changing Faces knows that many people who look 'different' find great value in effectively applied skin camouflage – and I am delighted to see that skin camouflage practitioners now have this most authoritative guide to enable them to help their clients."

James Partridge OBE  DSc(Hon)   FDSRCSEd(Hon)
Chief Executive, Changing Faces

"This book provides a comprehensive review of the principles and practices of skin camouflage. It is full of useful information and tips to guide practitioners. It will provide a valuable resource to all involved in skin camouflage."

Prof. Andrew Wright M.Med.Sci(Hons.)   LRCP   MRCS   MBCHB   FRCP
Consultant Dermatologist


BASC is very grateful for the generous sponsorship from the Vocational Traiing Charitable Trust in producing the first edition of our handbook; the VTCT had no editioral control over its content.



BASC journal - the Cover

The Cover, BASC's professional journal, is issued free of charge three times a year to Members, Patient Support Groups, Hospital Wards and Specialist Clinics. This allows everyone to be kept well informed of current issues, events and product changes.

The Cover also helps to raise public and professional awareness.

Please contact the Editor for copy deadlines.


We are very grateful for the generous sponsorship (printing and distribution costs only - no editorial control) received from:

  • 2015 Vichy-Dermablend
  • 2011 Vichy-L’Oreal
  • 2010 The British Association of Dermatologists


British Association of Skin Camouflage - Face the world with confidence

This 6-fold leaflet (2021) gives information on application, the benefits of skin camouflage and the important role of the BASC in skin camouflage training and service provision. Available free of charge (P&P applicable) for people’s information at hospitals, clinics, colleges, chemists. This leaflet is approved by the Information Standard and Plain English Campaign Crystal Clarity Mark 21563 and Plain English Campaign Honest Mark 181. Review due 2021. BASC is grateful to the British Association of Dermatologists for their generous donation towards Plain English Campaign approval and accreditation costs.

The British Association of Dermatologists sponsored the printing of the previous 3-fold information leaflet (2010) but they had no editorial control over its content.


The British Association of Dermatologists - Acne Support

The British Assocation of Dermatologits launched (July 2018) a new online resource to provide advice and support - - BASC were invited to contribute and record information on camouflage used over acne.

British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) Patient Information Leaflet - Skin Camouflage

This leaflet has been produced by BASC for BAD (2011 and reviewed 2014) to help you understand more about skin camouflage – what products are available, what can be achieved with them and where you can find out more about them.


BASC announce the publication of:

The Scar Book, Formation, Mitigation, Rehabilition and Prevention

Andrew C Krakowski, MD and Peter R Shumaker, MD

Chapter 20 : Skin Camouflage written by BASC

Published by Wolters Kluwer (2017)
ISBN-13 9781-4963-2238-8 and ISBN-10 1-4963-2238X

Scarring and fibrosis affect millions of people worldwide, and can be devastating both physically and psychologically, whether they result from major trauma such as burns or common conditions such as acne. Put today's most advanced clinical approaches to work for your patients with The Scar Book : Formation, Mitigation, Rehabilitation, and Prevention! A multidisciplinary team of leading world experts presents the state of the art in scar pathophysiology and treatment, breaking down the barriers between medical disciplines to provide unprecedented holistic guidance.



BASC in the Media



Publication Issue / Web Link Article Print / Release Date
Warpaint Magazine

November 2018

Please Don't Call It Makeup! ( online publication )

November 2018

Today's Pharmacist

Autumn/Winter 2017

Please Don't Call It Makeup! ( pages 47 - 48 )

September 2017

Dermatological Nursing

Volume 14 Issue 3

Patient Survey, Products Available To Camouflage Hands (PATCH) on the efficacy of camouflage for the hands

September 2015

Dermatalogical Nursing

Volume 14 No 1

Skin camouflage can help restore young people's self confidence
( pages 18 - 23 )

March 2015

MIMS Dermatology

Volume 11 No 1

Therapeutic Forum - Camouflage for Skin Conditions ( pages 22 - 23 )


International Therapist (FHT)

Issue 111

"Skin Deep" skin camouflage over scarring

Winter 2015

Talk Health online in collaboration with NHS Choices

TalkHealth Skin

Online questions answered by our panel of experts

17th - 23rd September 2014

The Consulting Room

Edition 128

Food For Thought, campaign for better understanding and regulation of UV tanning

January 2014

British Association of Dermatologists

Volume 16 No 4

A4 page insert, Facing the world, with confidence

June 2013

Let's Face It

No 84

30 year Anniversary Edition - the British Association of Skin Camouflage

Winter 2013

Skin ‘n' Bones connection

Issue 37

Skin Camouflage Applications


International Therapist

Issue 106

Skin Camouflage for the Deceased (pages 24 -26 )

October 2013

The Guardian

Supplement Media Planet Psoriasis Day

A simple solution to a complex problem, camouflage and psoriasis

October 2012

International Therapist

Issue 101

Special Anniversary Edition (50 years) “through the decades” brief history of skin camouflage

July 2012

Vitiligo Society

Patients' Information Leaflet (download booklet)

Skin Camouflage

Published online 2012

Lupus UK

Issue 96

The Role of Skin Camouflage in Patients' Well Being

Spring 2012

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance

website page

Skin Camouflage – a simple aid to a complex problem

February 2012

Embarrassing Bodies

Channel 4 TV

Skin camouflage applications

BASC have been involved with several programmes since the broadcasts began

British Medical Journal BMJ 2012; 344 doi: 10.1136/bmj.d7921 - click here PRACTICE - Pointer Skin camouflage 5th January 2012
Expert Beauty Autumn 2011 - click here Second Skin ( page 118 - 121 ) Autumn 2011
HABIA News Autumn 2011 - click here Skin Camouflage ( page 81 ) Autumn 2011
Expert Beauty Summer 2011 - click here Camouflage and Lasers ( page 53 ) Summer 2011
International Therapist Issue 101 History of Skin Camouflage ( page 33 ) July 2012
Lupus UK News & Views Issue 96 Role of Skin Camouflage in Patients' Well Being Spring 2012
The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance Website Skin camouflage, a simple aid to a complex problem
February 2012
Team In Practice Volume 7 Issue 3 Skin camouflage, an important role in patient care ( pages 2,3 & 8 ) July 2012
The Probe Issue 30 Remedial Skin Camouflage by June Adam, BASC graduate ( page 4 ) December 2010
The Probe Issue 28 Should you include para-medical skin camouflage in your clinic?
( pages 11 - 12 )
June 2010
Vitality ( BABTAC ) Feb/March 2010 Of concern to us all ( page 50 - 51 ) February 2010
Vitality ( BABTAC ) Aug/Sept 2009 good cover up - stereotypes (don’t) work ( page 58-59) August 2009
City & Guilds NVQ Level 3 Candidate Logbook 2009 Supplied background, photographs and quotations 2009
Atlas of Cosmetic Surgery (2nd Edition) 2009 - click here Skin Camouflage: BASC graduate Deidre A Steinman with husband Howard K Steinman (Dermatologist, USA) 2009
Cosmetic Dermatology Vol 22 No 5 Martha H Viera MD Clinical Research Fellow, Dept of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine: supplied background, photographs and quotations May 2009
Guild News May 2009 Skin Camouflage, veil of beauty
Claire Matthewman: supplied background, photographs and quotations
( pages 80 - 83 )
May 2009 - legal professionals’ web magazine 2009 Skin Camouflage by BASC Graduate Rowena Wilson ( pages 16 - 17 ) 2009
Over the Counter 2008 Under Cover ( pages 20 - 22 ) September 2008
Hot News Issue 106 Vol 4 Official journal of the Raynaud’s & Scleroderma Association: Report on the Scleroderma Family Weekend (Camouflage as a potential choice: workshop provided by BASC) 2008
Student Therapist 2007-2008 Skin Deep ( pages 22 - 24 ) 2007
Skin Care Campaign News Issue 37 The importance of providing a skin camouflage service ( pages 8 - 9 ) Feb 2007
Reader's Digest Jan 2007 Red in the face? Help is at hand ( page 154 ) - background and quotations January 2007
MIMS Dermatology Vol 2 No. 3 Therapeutic Forum Camouflage for skin abnormalities 2006
Journal of Community Nursing Vol 20 Issue 12 The history of skin camouflage in health care ( pages 14 - 18 )

December 2006

About Face Newsletter Autumn 2006 sources of Support “it’s a cover-up!” Foundation for Head & Neck Cancer, Trauma and Deformity -H Frank Smith, supplied background information October 2006
Aesthetic Magazine Sept 2006 Under Cover ( pages 36 - 38 ) September 2006
Practice Nurse Sept 2006 Woundcare : Minimising scars
Maureen Benbow, MSc, BA RGN HERC senior lecturer University College Chester, supplied background information, photographs and quotations
( pages 53 - 58 )
September 2006
International Therapist Issue 63 Remedial Skin Camouflage March 2005
Nursing Times: Clinical (Advanced) Vol 100 No. 5 Nurse-led management of hypertrophic and keloid scars -BASC Graduate Kim Davies, Charles Nduka, MBBS, MA, MD, MRCS, Graeme Moir, FRCS : Royal London Hospital February 2004
Vitality Sept/Oct 2003 Why you should be providing a corrective makeup and skin camouflage service for your clients ( pages 15 - 17 ) September 2003
Cleft Lip (CLAPA) July 2002 Report on Make-Up Workshop provided by BASC's Sandra Robinson, Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s University Hospitals
July 2002
R Magazine Issue 24 A Dream Come True, from Shying away to Flying Away! By BASC Graduate Ros Pryor June 2002

NOTE: all media articles written prior to June 2002 are archived.


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