One of the treatment modalities for vitiligo to decrease the severity of white patches in the skin is vitiligo makeup. This serves to enhance one’s body image, to avoid feelings of depression which can lead to impaired psychological well-being. The downside to this is that vitiligo cover makeup application takes time and can disrupt one’s performance of his/her role and daily tasks; not to mention the stress associated with the constant need to hide something from the public.
These cosmetics for vitiligo are different from normal makeup, as they are especially manufactured to conceal skin lesions such as those found in vitiligo. However, most male patients wouldn’t want to apply these cosmetic for vitiligo as any form of makeup would definitely annoy and make them feel uncomfortable.
Other disadvantages associated with vitiligo makeup is that it’s usually difficult to find the exact makeup that would match someone’s characteristic skin color; and that vitiligo cover makeup easily gets washed away upon contact with water.
In this article, we will discuss the top 5 products that are used as vitiligo cover makeup to hide vitiligo patches.
Microskin product resembles the skin and has been specially designed to make the affected skin’s color match with the normal color of one’s skin. Scans which cost $200 are often done on a regular basis to make sure that the microskin consistently matches your skin tone and color. This vitiligo cosmetic product lasts for several days upon application. The cost of applying microskin ranges from $670 (sponge application) to $2,250 (airbrush application).
Although there are complaints made against Microskin, stating that it tends to form a very thick and rubber surface after application; Microskin resists damage caused by water and vigorous rubbing.
2. Cover FX
Cover FX involves 3 steps to conceal vitiligo patches. First, apply SkinPrep FX product to decrease the color contrast and smoothen the skin. Second, apply Cover FX in 1 out of 17 available colors and put on the Setting FX to blend the color between the affected and unaffected areas. Cover FX typically costs $42; while SkinprepFX and Setting FX cost $45 and $32, respectively.
Dermablend involves using two cosmetic products to conceal vitiligo. First, you have to put on Cover Cream cover foundation, then apply a smudge-resistant Loose setting powder. The cover cream comes in 21 different shades to match different skin tones and colors; from fair to tan skin. Dermablend provides an SPF 30 protection from the ultraviolet rays of the sun for as long as 12 hours a day. The setting powder serves to make the cream water and smudge resistant. Dermablend cover cream and setting powder typically cost $33 and $21, respectively.
Colortration is a foundation in liquid form that conceals vitiligo patches without requiring any setting powder or powder finish. It comes in 11 different colors and costs about $37. Colortration also comes with a barrier spray that serves to protect it from getting rubbed off with clothing or furniture. Nevertheless, it can only be used on the body and the extremities.
Viticolor takes the form of a gel applied to the skin to hide spots of depigmented skin. It comes with a brush applicator used to apply the gel to the skin in circular motion until it covers the entire depigmented area. You can add viticolor gel as desired after 8 hours from application, until the desired skin tone is achieved. A disadvantage associated with its use is that it produces a skin tone which is too dark, and not very appropriate to light skinn colors. Viticolor costs $31.
These cosmetics for vitiligo all serve to hide patches of depigmentation in the skin cosmetically.
Camouflage techniques for vitiligo
With the exact cause and treatment for vitiligo still undetermined, vitiligo sufferers are often left with no choice but to resort to vitiligo camouflage techniques to get away from public humiliation and contempt in order to preserve their self-esteem and confidence.
There are currently two camouflage methods available to treat vitiligo: cosmetics and tattooing.
Cosmetics are wherein a vitiligo sufferer can hide white patches on his skin by staining, applying makeup products and tanning. These cosmetic products are not like any ordinary makeup, as they last longer and are more water and smudge resistant. Self-tanning and staining lotions are an ideal choice as the color produced lasts for several days and don’t get easily washed away b water.
As a camouflage technique, tattooing involves application of artificial pigments into the skin with the use of tattooing needles or surgical methods widely used at present. The quality of the results produced with tattooing will depend on the skill of the person performing it. It generally works better on darker skin tones, and it will not change in color even though the surrounding skin might start to become lighter. Because of this, there might be some problems encountered in matching the color between the artificial pigment and the skin. Furthermore, it should be done using modern surgical technique only by tattooing professionals, as traditional tattooing is often associated with an increased risk for infection.
If the lips are affected, the recommended camouflage technique would be tattooing, especially for male patients. Males would often feel uncomfortable using makeup products, and would most likely get annoyed when any cosmetics for vitiligo touch their lips. In determining the best vitiligo camouflage technique, of course you need to consider the patient’s needs and preferences.