Camouflage

Make-up can also improve the quality of life.
Make-up, or decorative cosmetics, has always been used to improve our appearance, to feel accepted and to accept ourselves better, to feel more confident in interpersonal relationships and, most of all, in first approaches with people.

Make-up not only improves our appearance, but also the quality of our life. It can modify the facial traits or correct physical-beauty imperfections caused by surgical operations, scars or the pigmentation anomalies of vitiligo. In these cases it is called esthetic camouflage.

This technique allows to cover the skin imperfections and pigmentation alterations completely by evenly applying covering and matt substances. These cosmetics are available on the market in formulations specific for face, body, legs and arms. They hide the color or flaw lying underneath completely.

They are heavier and thicker than the normal foundations and contain a high percentage of titanium dioxide mixed with metallic oxides (iron oxide, chromium hydroxide, magnesium carbonate, ultramarine), mineral oils, mineral and vegetable waxes, pigments, kaolin, talcum and emollient esters.

Compacts

Facial camouflages are often available as compact creams. Compacts have been in the market since the ’30s and they feature an amazing covering power that hides skin imperfections due to pigmentation problems, scars, angioma, rosacea, acne damages, shadows, etc… (Couvrance Eau Thermale Avène, Cover Mark, Couvrance Rilastil).

These preparations are long-lasting (more than 10 hours), water and transpiration resistant; they adhere tightly to the skin granting a natural, bright, matt and transparent aspect. They are easy to apply using a sponge and, when applied correctly, they avoid the unpleasant “mask effect”.

They are easily removable with cream detergents or lotions. There are various shades (3 to 4) available, in order to choose the most suitable for your natural complexion. Hypoallergenicity (i.e. the minimum risk of allergic reactions) is granted by the pureness and quality controls of the components, together with dermo-cosmetic effectiveness and tolerability of the products.

For these reasons they are strongly recommended during Ratok®derm Micro-phototherapy. During the transitional phase of the chromatic reconstruction of the skin, they can be employed to normalize the gradual increase of melanin.
Camouflage must be suspended before the selective micro-phototherapic treatment.

Colored creams

Colored creams are another type of camouflage.
They are available in various shades and contain a very thin, colorless, fixing, absorbent and water resistant powder.

They can cover angioma, melasma and vitiligo patches (Toleriane concealer La Roche-Posay). These products too are used for the camouflage of vitiligo patches during Ratok®derm Micro-phototherapy.

Their creamy composition not only facilitates their application but also moistening.
Camouflage must be suspended before the selective micro-phototherapic treatment.

Concealer sticks in basic make-up colors

The commercially available concealer sticks are designed to be covered with normal make-up. For instance the yellow one covers the shades under the eyes, the green one corrects the red spots due to acne or rosacea (green concealer stick Eau Thermale Avène), the pink one hides the vitiligo ivory patches. The pink stick is an excellent concealer.

Just like the others, it can be employed in between Ratok®derm Micro-phototherapy sessions when the perfect melanin reconstruction of the patch hasn’t been achieved yet.

Camouflage must be avoided before the selective micro-phototherapic treatment.

Self-tanners

Self-tanners too are considered camouflage products, as they provide a fake tanning, not dependent on UV rays exposure and they are useful to hide patches. They are available as gel preparations (Melancream Dott. De Pase, Natural pigmentant Dott. De Pase), lotions (System Tan lotion Dott. De Pase, Aleucol Mastelli), creams (Autohelios La Roche-Posay, Self-tanner Avène, Self-tanner Rilastil). They contain a glycerol derived sugar, dihydroxyaceton at 3-5%, which produces some colored compounds varying from yellow to brown through a chemical reaction with the amino acids of the corneal layer. Self-tanners do not stain or grease.

The pseudo-pigmentation appears within 4-5 hours from the application, in some cases even earlier. It lasts 3-4 days on average and it disappears by physiological peeling of the skin. Self-tanners have to be applied evenly and regularly and after the application it is recommend to wash your hands thoroughly to avoid palm coloring.

They don’t have side effects and they are very well tolerated, therefore they can be recommended for every type of skin.

The use of this product is not recommended during phototherapy.
In particular, they absolutely must not be used during Ratok®derm Micro-phototherapy, due to the high selectiveness of the treatment.