“The psychological impact of skin disease is not directly related
to the overall area affected or to the objective severity of the condition.”
Source: The Psychological & Social Impact of Skin Diseases on People’s Lives, updated 2013 Edition (April 2013) A Report of the APPGS
The British Association of Skin Camouflage (BASC) was founded in 1985, as a direct result of requests to train private as well as NHS personnel and to create a national support association for professionals through which our principles, skills and new techniques could be shared.
We were formed by Joyce Allsworth who, during the 1950’s, researched and put in place the concept of para-medical skin camouflage within Great Britain. Joyce was influential in setting up the British Red Cross service in 1975.
BASC continually reviews its activities and consults with other organisations in order to improve the availability of skin camouflage and to ensure provision is appropriate for the 21st century.
We are frequently asked by manufacturers to advise and help them develop further colours and products within their brand’s camouflage range.
We continue to campaign for improved understanding of the problems associated with skin conditions and scarring and are active members of the following organisations,
✓ All Party Parliamentary Group for Skin
✓ British Association of Dermatologists Patient Support Groups
✓ British Derma logical Nursing Group : Psychodermatology Committee
✓ Dermatology Council for England
✓ GlobalSkin-Europe (International Alliance of Dermatology Patient Organisations)
✓ International Alliance of Dermatology Patient Organisations (Global Skin)
✓ Melanoma Taskforce
✓ National Voices
✓ Skin Care Cymru
✓ Skin Care Campaign Scotland (disbanded 2017)
✓ World Patients Alliance