Camouflage make-up is the art of covering up imperfections in the skin such as acne scars, and skin discolorations such as white patches on the skin, dermatitis that reddens the skin, and surgery scars. It’s also called medical make-up, corrective camouflage make-up or camouflage make-up.
In an Italian study, dermatologists had a lot of compassion for those with scars from acne and surgery or trauma as well as those with skin disorders, and wanted to see if they could make a difference in how children and adolescents viewed themselves if they used corrective camouflage make-up.
They worked with 15 children between the ages of 7 and 16 and their parents and taught them all how to use corrective concealers to improve their skin and scar appearance. Six of the children had acne vulgaris which can cause pitting of the skin or red scars.
The type of concealers used were water-resistant camouflage concealers. They were light to very opaque in color. The concealers and make-up were the same ones used during medical treatment and the same ones recommended by doctors after surgery during the healing process.
The parents of all the patients were thrilled with the ability of the camouflage concealers to improve their child’s appearance. The dermatologists at the Dermatology Clinic at the University of Catania in Italy were so happy with the results that they mentioned in their report that this type of ‘treatment’ should be used during long-term treatment and in those who don’t get results from conventional medical therapy.
In another study, a nurse offered a make-up lesson to 86 patients who might benefit from concealing scars and discolorations on the skin. There were 25 patients of the 86 who had acne, 10 with rosacea, and 14 with scars in the study. The rest had other skin disorders. The patients applied make-up at home daily for a month.
Those with acne and scars had the highest improvement in quality of life scores. And 95% of the patients continued to apply the makeup after the study ended, indicating that they may have wanted to continue experiencing the results.
Always try your best to get the most healing possible in your scars… and then go for the make-up to ‘refine’ your skin to get the best results.
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