Conditions contra-indicated (not suitable) for skin camouflage

Conditions that need medical treatment and must not be concealed with camouflage products include:

  • allergic reactions
  • bacterial and fungal infections, such as impetigo and tinea (ringworm)
  • blister and ulcerated skin
  • chilblain
  • illnesses that visually manifest on skin, such as chickenpox and measles
  • infestations, such as scabies and lice
  • occupational/contact dermatitis
  • open wound
  • over sutures (stitches)
  • moles
  • photodermatoses, such as actinic dermatitis
  • psoriasis to nails, persistent palmoplantar and pustular forms of psoriasis
  • skin cancers
  • strawberry birthmarks
  • undiagnosed lesions
  • undiagnosed rashes
  • varicose veins
  • viral infections, such as herpes simplex, herpes zoster (shingles) and warts

Skin camouflage for babies and young children should only be applied if requested by their healthcare advisor.

It is important to seek medical diagnosis before using skin camouflage, and further advice must be sought should there be any change to the condition ...when in doubt, don’t! - seek medical opinion.

Patient Information Leaflets are available to download from the British Association of Dermatologists’ website ( and from patient support groups dedicated to a particular skin condition (see links page).


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