Camouﬂage is often considered by dermatologists to be a “fall back” option when medical therapy for vitiligo has been unsuccessful. However as a solution to the primary problem presented by vitiligo – that is a visible discrepancy in skin colour – camouﬂage should instead be considered as a treatment itself and discussed early on in the medical consultation.
The application of skin camouﬂage requires an under- standing of how normal skin is perceived and of the chal- lenges presented by colour matching, surface reﬂectance and the phenomenon of metamerism.
There is an increasing range of camouﬂage products avail- able, some developed speciﬁcally for medical conditions and others closer to standard cosmetics. It is important for dermatologists to be aware of these products, how they are used and their limitations.