Vitiligo Camouflage Creams

  • Best ResultsInstant
  • Treatment RecoveryNA
  • Procedure Time2-14 minutes
  • Skin SpecialistMakeup artist
  • Duration of Results1- 7 days
  • AnaestheticNA
  • Back to WorkNA
  • Cost$

Vitiligo Camouflage Creams

One of the fastest ways to hide vitiligo is with camouflage creams, pens, & powder. Finding the right colour match is the tricky bit, but after that it is all about timing. Vitiligo camouflage encompasses fake tan through to cosmetic tattooing & everything in between.

FactsFacts on Vitiligo Camouflage

  • One of the simplest camouflage techniques is to use fake tan
  • The upside is that this last 4 days or longer
  • For more accurate colour matching Dermablend & Dermacolour can be used
  • Microfelt pens can be used for small areas on your lips, hands, eyelids
  • Remember to take off any fake pigment if you are undergoing phototherapy

Why camouflage?

Skin camouflage products instantly mask vitiligo. Applied correctly, they are waterproof, which means you can get wet without it washing off. They also have sun screening properties, & can offer up to SPF 2-3 protection.

Camouflage can be applied over or under cosmetic foundation, make-up (which includes eyeshadow, blusher and lipstick) can be applied over the camouflage.  It should stay in place for 6 to 14 hours before you need to reapply it.

What brands do dermatologists endorse for vitiligo patients?

These international brands will cover all skin types. Our advice is to see the colours on your skin to achieve a good skin match. Try before you buy.

  • Covermark,
  • Dermacolor,
  • Keromask,
  • Veil,
  • Vichy, Dermablend

How to integrate makeup & camouflage creams with your phototherapy sessions?

It is all about timing. For phototherapy to be effective you require light on your skin- without makeup or camouflage creams. Hence, you should time your sessions when your camouflage is wearing thin.

If you are using fake tan or DHA as your camouflage, be aware that this gives you an SPF of 2 (ish). Hence when you remove it, you will get twice the amount of UV on your skin. Most often this equated to a burn. Time it right.

How do I use fake tan?

Fake tans are great if you have a colour match. This chemical is known as dihydroxyacetone. The advantage is that it can give you a SPF of 2-3, meaning it can protect you skin for double to triple the time it takes for you to burn. These chemical changes the outer layer of skin.

Advantages of fake tan

  • Doesn’t rub off easily.
  • Last between 3 to 7 days
  • Cheap to buy
  • Can be applied to large areas of skin
  • Gives some UV protection

Disadvantages of fake tan

  • Smells weird (that’s the chemical DHA)
  • Takes a while to apply
  • Exact colour match is hard to achieve

Davin’s Viewpoint on Cosmetic Camouflage for Vitiligo

Disclaimer time! I know a whole lot about the physics of lasers, how to transplant melanocytes & the pharmacology of tacrolimus, prostaglandin analogues, 5FU & a whole lot more. I don’t know sh*t about camouflage. What I do know is that it is super important, especially in darker skin types.

I am grateful for the people who help support vitiligo patients. I did work closely with various societies when I was training with the NHS in the UK. Social Media can be an immensely powerful tool for education, networking & support. I encourage you to follow various support groups, as you will learn a lot from them.

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