People cope with and respond to vitiligo in a variety of ways. Many people use camouflage to hide their vitiligo, so that they can get on with their lives without feeling self-conscious in public. The photos show that skin camouflage can make a dramatic difference. However, it does not suit everyone. This information aims to give you the facts about camouflage, to help you decide whether it may be an option for you.
Skin camouflage is the use of special creams which cover up the white patches. Creams are made in a wide range of skin colours so that they can be matched to an individual’s ‘normal’ skin. Camouflage cannot alter the texture of the skin, nor can it cure vitiligo. It makes the white patches less noticeable, so it can stop people staring or making comments and asking questions.
Anyone can use camouflage. It can be used by men, women and children, irrespective of age, religion, nationality and skin classification group. It is not ‘make-up’. Camouflage products are suitable for anybody who wants to find a suitable product for their skin and learn how to apply it.
You can use skin camouflage whenever you want. You may want to wear it all the time, especially when you start to develop vitiligo and are adjusting to having the condition. For some people, using camouflage is a long-term lifeline. Alternatively, you may want to use camouflage only on special occasions.