Conditions frequently referred for skin camouflage

Skin Conditions, alphabetically;

  • acne erythema and scarring
  • cleft lip
  • discoid lupus erthematosus
  • ephelides (freckles)
  • flushing and blushing
  • Kaposi’s sarcoma
  • leucoderma (hypo-pigmentation)
  • melasma (also known as chloasma)
  • neurofibromatosis (café au lait marks)
  • plaque psoriasis
  • portwine stains
  • rosacea
  • solar lentigo (age spots)
  • spider naevus
  • striae (stretch marks)
  • telangiectasia (thread veins)
  • vitiligo
  • xanthelasma

Scarring as a result of;

  • accident
  • act of violence
  • burn injury
  • result of skin condition
  • resulting from disease
  • self harm
  • skin graft
  • surgical procedure

Other reasons;

  • Radiographer’s markings
  • decorative tattoos

We would not usually recommend skin camouflage for babies and young children unless at the request of 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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