A better life for sensitive skin

1. Is camouflaging part of your dermatological practice?

I prefer the word "make-up" to "camouflage".

It is actually medical make-up. A few years ago, make-up was not recommended by dermatologists. Today we understand that it improves our patients' quality of life. The existing products, which are fragrance-free, preservative-free and non-comedogenic, present no risk of irritation or sensitisation. I recommend medical make-up to my patients.

2. What advice do you give?

Before applying any make-up, you must start with a base.

Then you use a corrective foundation whose colour most closely matches your skin. It should be applied in small quantities and gently spread over the face. To neutralise red tones, you can use a very small amount of concealer before applying the foundation. For redness, you can use green, a complementary colour, as well as yellow for more heavily pigmented skin.

3. Generally speaking, how do you address medical make-up with your patients?

I systematically discuss it with my patients, while we are on the topic of a laser treatment, for example, or if they have acne scarring.

I reassure patients by explaining to them there is no risk of aggravation. I have them test the textures of the products. I suggest a demonstration on a red patch. Patients are always surprised by the result! Then I teach them the basic techniques of medical make-up which are quick and simple.