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How to apply camouflage cream

What is camouflage cream?

Skin camouflage cream is designed to reproduce the natural colour of skin which when applied following the steps below can last between 8 and 16 hours before you need to reapply it.

The process to apply the cream is a simple 4 stage process:


It is important to cleanse the area to be covered before applying the camouflage cream as it will not stick to the skin if there is any dirt or oil on the surface of the skin.

Treatments and protection

Apply skin medication such as emollients or moisturiser or an oil free sun protection a few minutes before the camouflage to allow your skin to absorb the treatment. Blot off any excess with a tissue.


The skin is now ready for the application of the camouflage cream. Apply a thin layer of cream, remembering to blend outside the area to be covered, so the match looks as natural as possible. If the cream does not go on smoothly or streaks this means there is still oil on the surface of the skin. If this is the case repeat cleanse and use treatments and protection again.


This is the final step and “fixes” the cream to the surface of the skin to give a waterproof, long lasting finish (up to 8 to 16 hours). Apply a layer of powder to the skin using a cotton pad. Allow it to sit on top of the cream for a minute or two then dust off the excess. If you find that another layer of cream is necessary to completely cover the area then repeat application and setting.

Removal of camouflage cream

We recommend you remove the camouflage each day. This can be removed with any oil based cleanser or soap and water. This allows you to inspect your skin for any changes.

Helpful hints

  • If you go swimming remember to pat yourself dry rather than rub otherwise you may rub the cream off.
  • If you wish to apply anything over the top of the camouflage once you have fixed it in place such as sun cream, use an oil free product. Any oil based product will remove the camouflage.
  • Two thin layers of cream are better than one thick layer and gives a longer lasting and more natural finish.
  • You should never apply the camouflage cream to an open wound, surgical stitches and infections. Camouflage cream should only ever be applied to sealed and healed skin. If you notice any changes to your skin under the camouflage you should stop using it and see your doctor.

Camouflage cream is simple to use and after practising a few times you will become an expert in managing your camouflage.

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If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Victoria Rowley on 0114 226 7850.

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

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