How effective are skin camouflaging techniques?

Young man with dark short hair in a white T-shirt creams himself with face cream and smiles
Young man with dark short hair in a white T-shirt creams himself with face cream and smiles

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Cutaneous disorders can impact on the psycho‐social wellbeing of children and adults alike. A recent review sets out to evaluate progressions in skin masking and camouflaging techniques together with evaluating the efficacy of these. There does not appear to have been any recent reviews about innovations in skin camouflaging techniques.

Emma Derbyshire from Nutritional Insight, UK reviewsseven studies on camouflaging techniques. Of the seven studies identified, skin camouflaging improved quality of life in three studies and reduced anxiety, depression and social isolation in others. Of the camouflaging methods used, liquidised simulated second skin technology (“Microskin”) appears to look particularly promising. This method of colour matching, and a spray/stippling application uses a technology that binds to the epidermis of the skin helping to overcome previous concerns about the colour, coverage and application of camouflage and masking bases. Two studies showed that this innovative mode of camouflaging raised confidence, feelings of happiness and social experiences in children and adolescents with burn scarring. Very few studies reported drawbacks of camouflaging techniques, with limited colour matches and “itching” appearing to be main short commings. New technologies now appear to be addressing these.

Skin technology is effective

Results show that there is wide variation in the quality and modes of skin camouflaging. Of the methods used simulated second skin technology appears to be an important and effective therapy for individuals with cutaneous skin disorders. Training schemes along with increased awareness of this technique must now be communicated to medical professionals who come into contact with children and adults who could benefit physically, psychologically and socially from this therapy.

The review has been published in Internationa Journal of Cosmetic Science:

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